Welcome back to the RSL!

We hope you enjoyed your break! Welcome back to the RSL and to the start of the Trinity Term.

Radcliffe Science Library, students in library

Photo (c) John Cairns

A reminder of our opening hours for the Trinity Term:
From Monday 22 April to Friday 14 June 2024, the library will be open:

Monday to Friday from 9am to 10pm
Saturday from 10am to 4pm
Sunday from 11am to 5pm

You can find out more about our opening hours on our website.

Also a reminder that you can book rooms in the library for academic purposes. So if you have a group study session, a shared project or a tutorial, remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

New vending area

Vending machine

For the new term we have a new vending area in the library, as requested by you. Here you can conveniently purchase a range of snacks and hot and cold drinks to keep you going while you study.

It is open to all users of the Radcliffe Science Library – just pop into the vending area near the entrance. Both card and phone payments are accepted.

Food is allowed in most areas of the library, including the ground floor, the lower ground floor and all rooms except the Informal Reading Room and the Quiet Reading Room. Covered hot drinks are allowed everywhere in the library (please remember though to put a lid on your drink – these are available in the vending area). We also have food waste bins and recycling bins in the vending area and around the library for you to use.

Vending machines

Keep up to date

Remember to check our twitter/X and blog to keep up to date on what’s happening in the RSL.

Have a great term!

The Radcliffe Science Library is CLOSED today

Unfortunately we have to close the Radcliffe Science Library IMMEDIATELY today, Thursday 21 March, due to a burst water pipe. We expect to open as normal tomorrow, Friday 22 March.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Other Bodleian libraries are not affected, please try using one of the other Bodleian Libraries.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Sorry we're closed sign

Credit: Geralt, Pixabay

Have a great break!

Term is finishing up and the break is fast approaching. We hope you have a restful and relaxing break – but if you need to get in a bit of work, we have plenty of tips on how to access the RSL and our resources.

Girl reading ebook

Credit: Anna Demianenko, Unsplash

 Opening hours 

We are moving to vacation opening hours from Week 9, Monday 11 March.

The Library will be open:

Monday – Friday: 9am–7pm
Saturday: 10am–2pm 
Sunday: Closed 

Full details of library opening hours can be found here

While you’re away

While you’re away from Oxford, we have a wealth of online resources to enable you to continue your studies remotely.


You can access the full text of many resources via SOLO when logged in with your Single Sign-On (SSO) ID – look for the green Online access icon to find these.

If a book you need is not available as an ebook, then we may be able to purchase one – complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.

SOLO database logo

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO)

ORLO provides 24/7 access to reading lists from a range of devices via your Oxford Single Sign-On ID.



All e-journals can be found on SOLO and BrowZine. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from 2005 onwards.

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All of Oxford’s databases are accessible via SOLO (filter by Databases under Resource Type) and also via Databases A-Z.

A-Z database


LibGuides list key subject-specific resources, including e-books, e-journals, databases and other resources available online. Check out our subject-specific LibGuides.

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Happy holidays!

RSL in the VHL – Opening Hours for Trinity Term

The Radcliffe Science Library and the Vere Harmsworth Library will move to term time opening hours from Saturday 22 April 2023.

The Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 10pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Updates to library opening hours can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/vhl.

More information on RSL services can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/vhl/rsl.

Brown analogue alarm clock with numerals in different colours on the face and displaying a time of half past five.

Image by Rattakarn from Pixabay

RSL in the VHL – Easter weekend closure 2023

The Radcliffe Science Library in the Vere Harmsworth Library will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April 2023 inclusive. The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 6 April and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 11 April.

Even though the library is closed, our online services will still be available:

Full details of library opening hours can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/vhl.

White basket containing pale blue and mauve eggs with purple flowers and green foliage

Image by Silvia from Pixabay

RSL in the VHL – Vacation Opening Hours

As Hilary term ends, the Radcliffe Science Library in the Vere Harmsworth Library will move to vacation opening hours from Monday 13 March 2023.

The Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Full details of library opening hours can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/vhl.

White clock face with black roman numerals, black hands and brass surround giving time of 5 minutes to 10 o'clock.

Image by Joshua Choate from Pixabay

RSL in the VHL – Term Time Opening Hours

Well term has started and so that means we are back to our term time schedule. The Radcliffe Science Library at the Vere Harmsworth Library will be open until 10pm today and every weekday of hilary term! Even more time to study in our individual desks, take breaks in our comfy break room (with vending machine) and access our huge collection of ejournals and databases via the free Wi-Fi.

We’re now open :

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: 11am-5pm

So the library is available whenever you want to study, whether you are a nightowl and earlybird.

Statue of an owl with headphones using a laptop.