Update on RSL services while the Bodleian Libraries are closed

UPDATE – Monday 23 March 2020

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 the Bodleian Libraries will be suspending Scan and Deliver +, Scan and Deliver and eLD print as of 5pm. We apologise for the inconvenience.

All Bodleian Libraries sites will be closed and unstaffed from 5pm on Tuesday 24 March, and it will no longer be possible to return loans to the Vere Harmsworth Library.

The Bodleian Libraries has closed all of its library sites as of 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice.

All book deliveries and loans have now ceased. Existing book loans will auto-renew until 19 June 2020, and fines will be waived.

Returning loans: The current advice is to hang on to books you have on loan if possible. If you really need to return them (for example, if you are leaving Oxford) then please bring RSL books to the Vere Harmsworth Library as soon as possible, and ring first on 01865 272851 so we can meet you at the door. This arrangement is subject to change.

3D printing and VR equipment loans: Unfortunately it has been necessary for us to suspend the RSL’s 3D printing service and VR equipment loans until further notice. We will be in touch with those outstanding 3D print orders.

The Bodleian Libraries has a wealth of online resources which are available to University members even though our physical library spaces are closed – details can be seen at http://bit.ly/BodleianOnline.

A range of scanning services are now available for printed materials which are no longer directly accessible:

Inter-Library-Loans: Electronic delivery will be available free of charge (accessed at https://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/interlib) but physical loans are suspended.

RSL staff are still working and will be happy to give you every assistance – please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact for contact details.

Pharmaceutical policies in the long run: Reflections on 60th anniversary of Hinchliffe Report

11 November 2019, Merton College, Oxford

In June 1957, the British government tasked a committee, led by Sir Henry Hinchliffe, to investigate rising pharmaceutical expenditure following the introduction of the NHS. The report was published in 1959. This November, the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), part of the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) at the University of Oxford, is organising a symposium to mark the 60th anniversary of the report’s publication.

The report made various landmark recommendations including:

  • Improvements in the training of General Practitioners to understand evidence regarding the use of new drugs and the economics of prescribing;
  • Routine conduct of clinical trials to assess drugs, with results published in an independent prescribers’ journal;
  • Development of an expert body that would be informed by research on economic and social aspects of the NHS;
  • An examination of the economics of drug development, marketing and pharmacy to ensure efficiency and equity in prescribing.

Sixty years on, what has changed? Do we face similar challenges today? How have we been able to address these challenges? What long-term recommendations to address the current challenges could be made to the government today?

The symposium will discuss these and other questions, with confirmed speakers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, NHS England, the Office for Health Economics, and the Universities of Oxford, London, Bournemouth and York.

All interested in attending should contact Philip Clarke (philip.clarke@ndph.ox.ac.uk).

Plus ça change: pharmaceutical spending in the NHS

References from scientific journals

References from newspapers


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.

Transfer of Geography books from the Radcliffe Science Library to the Bodleian Social Science Library

As part of the RSL redevelopment project, geography books will move permanently from the RSL to the Bodleian Social Science Library.

The move will commence in mid-July 2019 and will involve approximately 11,000 items. All items will be interfiled in the SSL’s open shelf collections. Books in transit will be unavailable for a short time (up to 72 hours). The main shelfmarks affected by the move will be:

  • D-KF
  • NA
  • QC 854-996
  • QH 75
  • QH 541 – 545

Geography UG and MSc dissertations will also move to the SSL.

Geography books currently on loan should be returned to the RSL until further notice.

If you have any queries, please contact the Geography Subject Librarian, Andy Kernot (andrew.kernot@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 272839).

Oxford Open Doors 2019

The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors (organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust) on Saturday 14 September 2019, 10.30am – 1.30pm.
All welcome – readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.

Details of all Oxford Open Doors events can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/ood-events.

Please note that we will be open to readers as normal 10am to 2pm.

African Hospital Libraries fundraising cycle challenge, 24 May 2019

Dr Claire Blacklock will cycle between the Oxford Healthcare Libraries on 24 May to raise awareness of lack of up-to-date information for medical staff to provide high quality care to patients, and gather funding to build a resource centre at the Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone.
Read more about her challenge in the Oxford Mail:
Claire’s fundraising link for the event is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claireblacklock1.
Claire will visit the libraries listed below for 10 to 15 minutes. Please join us at your closest library ready to welcome and cheer Claire – the more, the merrier! And if you are a cyclist, put your helmet on to demonstrate your support.
Claire’s estimated schedule:

  • Cairns Library – leaving just after 9am
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Library – 9.20am
  • Knowledge Centre (Old Road Campus) – 9.40am
  • Radcliffe Science Library – 12noon
  • Cairns Library – returning before 5pm

The Biomachine: Proteins in Praxis

The Biomachine is a collaboration between second year Fine Arts students at Arts University Bournemouth and the Oxford Structural Genomics Consortium. The launch event will take place at the RSL on Wednesday 27 March 2019 – details are at https://aub.ac.uk/news-category/fine-art-category/biomachine-proteins-praxis/. The exhibition will continue until Saturday 15 June 2019. More information can be found at www.thesgc.org/event/biomachine-proteins-praxis.

If you would like to view the exhibition and do not hold a University card, registration is required – please contact enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Edible Book Festival 2019

On Thursday 7 March the Radcliffe Science Library will be holding our 4th Annual Edible Book Festival to mark World Book Day!

This event is free and open to any member of University – students, staff (including Bodleian Libraries staff) – and external readers. Everyone is invited to enter their book-themed culinary creations by bringing them to the RSL Entrance Hall Lounge between 9am and 11am on Thursday 7 March.

What is an edible book?

Edible Books are art pieces composed of food that are ‘bookish’, i.e. based on and represent a book title, a book cover, a character, a plot element or theme, or any other attribute or characteristic directly associated with a book, including its form.

What will happen at the event?

All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten!

The timetable for the day is:

  • 9-11am Drop off entries
  • 11am-1pm Viewing and voting
  • 1pm Awards and refreshments

Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Fun
  • Most Bookish
  • People’s Choice
  • *Best Reference to the Periodic Table or One of its Elements

*This is a new category for this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Even if you don’t have time to make your own edible entry, please join us in admiring and tasting the creations – and vote for your favorite. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice award.

At 1pm everyone will grab forks and we will “eat our own words”!

Need inspiration?

Take a look at last year’s entries at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2018/03/01/edible-book-festival-2018-the-entries/ or simply Google ‘edible book festival’ and you will find dozens of fantastic examples.

Remember, you don’t need to be an expert chef. If you’ve got a great idea for an entry, we want to see it!


For more information or to register an entry contact catherine.dockerty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .

More details can be found on the entry form.