iSkills for Undergraduate Science, Michaelmas term 2022

Free training sessions to help science students develop the information skills to succeed with research and writing – find out more and book sessions online
using the links below.

Explore Virtual Reality and 3D Printing
Monday 31 October 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room 

Easier Referencing with RefWorks
Thursday 3 November 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room

Successful Searching for your Assignments (MSD)
Thursday 10 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams

Successful Searching for your Assignments (MPLS)
Tuesday 8 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
Thursday 1 November 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room

Sources for Science: Learning the craft of evaluating information and referencing academic sources online
Monday 7 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams

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AIAA meeting papers

We now have online access to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) meeting papers. These are papers from AIAA’s Forums and supported conferences covering every aspect of aerospace – approximately 5,000 are published every year. Our subscription includes the complete archive which provides access to historical papers published by AIAA from 1963 up to the current year.

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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

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

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 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 ( 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

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

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

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 for details of when and where to bring them. If you have enquiries about returning your books, please contact

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 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 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


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, and this page will be kept up to date with changes.