Welcome back to all students returning in Trinity term 2021

Welcome back to all students returning to Oxford for Trinity term! We are here to help you to continue your studies safely, and we would like to remind you of the services we offer while staying in line with government and University guidelines. For up-to-date information on services from the Bodleian Libraries as a whole, please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/service-updates.

Opening hours

The Vere Harmsworth Library, including the Radcliffe Science Library, will have the following opening hours for Trinity term (from Saturday 24 April):

  • Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Booking is still required until further notice. Your booking confirmation email will give you full information on the procedures you will need to follow when visiting the library.


Loans are now due back on 1 June 2021. Information on returning books can be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/borrow/return-loans.

Browse and Borrow

Browse and Borrow sessions are now bookable again at the VHL. The timings of these sessions are:

  • Monday to Friday – 11.30am-12.30pm; 3.30-4.30pm; 7.30-8.30pm
  • Saturday – 11am-12pm; 2.30-3.30pm
  • Sunday – 12-1pm; 3.30-4.30pm

A maximum of 5 readers per session are allowed. Booking a Browse and Borrow session allows you to access the shelves, but not to use a desk

Click and Collect

The Click and Collect service is available for loanable items from the VHL and RSL. Books are reserved via SOLO. You will need to book a 30 minute slot to collect reserved items – these are available as follows:

  • Monday to Friday – 12-4pm
  • Saturday – 11am-3pm
  • Sunday – 12-4pm

A maximum of 6 readers per 30 minutes slot is allowed.

Scan and Deliver

Scans of RSL and VHL items are available to via the Scan and Deliver service. Request scans via SOLO.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) is the reading list system for the University of Oxford, and aims to support students by making collections of resources more accessible and relevant to their different learning needs.

With ORLO, students can access up-to-date reading lists 24/7 from a range of devices, check location and availability of the items on reading lists and access ebooks and article through the “View Online” button. Personal notes can also be added. ORLO can be accessed through Canvas or at http://readinglists.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ by logging in with your Oxford Single Sign-On ID (SSO).

For more information, please see:

New online titles

Since Bodleian Libraries sites closed in March, library staff have been busy expanding significantly our collections of ebooks – purchasing as many as we can of the books on MPLS and MSD reading lists and other books that are heavily borrowed by students.

These include hundreds of individual new online books as well as significant collections of online textbooks including the OUP Chemistry Primers, Elsevier ClinicalKey Student, LWW Healthcare, and the Cambridge University Press STM Collection (which just in itself brings us 8,500 new online textbooks in MSD and MPLS subject areas).

We have also acquired access to two collections of online journals from SAGE, which are now available via SOLO:

Royal Society of Medicine Press:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers:

Update on Bodleian Libraries services

Scan and Deliver

Scan and Deliver has been relaunched at selected Bodleian Libraries sites. The service allows University cardholders to request, for free, scans of book chapters or journal articles from the Bodleian Libraries print collection.

Two scanning services are on offer:

  • OffsiteScan: from off-site storage ordered through the usual SOLO (https://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/) process
    • Available to all card holders
  • LibraryScan: from reading rooms: ordered through a new SOLO option
    • Available to current members of the University with a SSO

Full up-to-date details of the service can be found at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/scan-and-deliver.

Reopening reading rooms

Beginning on 10 August, the Bodleian Libraries will begin to open selected sites to readers. We hope to have opened the remainder of our reading rooms by the start of Michaelmas Term.

Once open, the reading rooms will provide readers with access to non-print legal deposit collections at library PCs as well as full text print materials. Readers will be required to book a study space or PC using an online booking tool, information for which can be found at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms.

Click and Collect

Click and Collect is now available to allow readers to access to the Bodleian Libraries lending collections while usual borrowing procedures are suspended. Requests can be placed on SOLO for items and readers will be emailed to instructions on how to select a date and time to collect the items.

The safety of staff and students is paramount in the design of the service and limitations apply on which libraries are able to participate and when. More information on the collections which are available for Click & Collect, as well as the opening times of the libraries offering the service can be found at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/clickandcollect.

Return of loans

If you have an item on loan from any of the Bodleian libraries, you can now return these items to several locations in Oxford – please see https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/loanreturns for details of when and where to bring them. If you have enquiries about returning your books, please contact borrow@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that books from your college library must be returned directly to the college.

Postal returns

If readers are unable to return books to us in person, they can do so using the free Royal Mail Tracked service. Readers can follow guidance set out by Royal Mail at https://www.royalmail.com/track-my-return/create/3765 to return their packaged and labelled books to a Post Office. For readers who are unable to return the books to Oxford, or take them to a Post Office, they should email borrow@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to receive further instructions.

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) – new webinar series

TAIR is offering a series of Zoom webinars in June 202 covering a range of topics for novice and advanced users. Each webinar will be limited to 100 participants but will be offered twice to accommodate participants from different time zones and recordings will be made available.

Further details, booking information and videos of sessions can be found at https://conf.arabidopsis.org/display/COM/TAIR+Webinar+Series+I.


A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new and returning students. The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

PLEASE NOTE: The RSL will be temporarily moving out of the current building after the end of Michaelmas term to allow redevelopment work to take place. We have information about this project online at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/rsl-refurbishment, and this page will be kept up to date with changes.


A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new and returning students. The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

Database Trial – EarthDoc

We currently have a trial to a new Earth Sciences database. EarthDoc is EAGE’s online geoscience database which contains more than 62,000 event papers and journal articles. EarthDoc gives you the opportunity to consult many years of research and a vast expanse of technical knowledge. All articles and papers cover the main fields of study within Geoscience, such as: Geology, Geophysics, Near Surface, Petroleum engineering, Reservoir and Production Engineering. The trial will run until Thurs 15th February.

It will be available via OxLIP+: http://oxford1-ml.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/V/U2IF56YNB2D4G2LQJA43G3S4CTD57KTK45YMHN7NIG8LJFA5ES-02435?RN=715922386&pds_handle=GUEST

Please contact Andrew Kernot in the Radcliffe Science Library (andrew.kernot@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) or Elizabeth Crowley in the Earth Sciences Library (elizabeth.crowley@earth.ox.ac.uk) if you have any feedback.

When is the RSL open over the vacation?

Vacation opening hours apply at the RSL until Friday 12 January 2018 (8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday and closed on Sunday).

Term-time opening hours for Hilary will start on Saturday 13 January (8.30am-10pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday).

The RSL will close for the Christmas and New Year period at 5pm on Friday 22 December and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Vacation loans are due back on Tuesday 16 January (ie Tuesday 1st Week of Hilary).

RSL staff would like to wish all our readers a happy festive period and a peaceful New Year!