Increased access to online books

Considerable effort has been made to acquire additional e-resources. 5,000 new e-books have been added to SOLO with temporary access arranged to another 60,000 on top of the 1.47 million e-books and 118,000 e-journals already available remotely to members of the University.

Many MPLS reading list textbooks and heavily borrowed books have already been purchased for online access and we are working hard to find and make available online versions of as many others as we can. This includes work in progress to provide trial access to major new e-textbook platforms such as BibliU. Over and above this we are very keen to receive recommendations at

Here are some examples of recent purchases:


  • Berscheid, E. and Regan, P. The psychology of interpersonal relationships (2005).
  • Davidovits, P. Physics in Biology and Medicine (2019).
  • Lewin’s Genes XII (2018). 12th ed.
  • Sheehan, D. Physical Biochemistry: Principles and Applications (2009). 2nd ed.


  • Claridge; Timothy D. W. High-resolution NMR techniques in organic chemistry (2016). 3rd ed.
  • Raković, S. and Levine, W. S. Handbook of model predictive control (2019).
  • Rudin, Alfred and Choi, Phillip. The elements of polymer science and engineering (2013). 3rd ed.
  • Schwarzer, G., Carpenter, J. & Rücker, G. Meta-analysis with R (2015).
  • Watts, John F. An introduction to surface analysis by XPS and AES (2020).
  • Schwinger, Julian. Classical Electrodynamics (1998).
  • Roscoe, Bill. Understanding Concurrent Systems (2010).
  • Kelly, A. and Knowles, K.M. Crystallography and crystal defects (2020). 3rd ed.
  • Siciliano B. Springer Handbook of Robotics (2016). 2nd ed.

E-Books at the RSL

Are you finding it difficult to get hold of paper copies of reading list books at libraries around Oxford? Are you stuck in a long reservation queue to borrow the books you need for revision? Need a book when the library is closed?

If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes!’, then be sure to check if your books are available electronically. The Bodleian Libraries provide  thousands of e-books which can be easily accessed 24/7 through the SOLO catalogue.

Search for e-books just as you would for printed books using SOLO. E-book records are highlighted by the records showing [Electronic Resource] after the book’s title and having a ‘View Online’ link which you can click to access the full-text of the book. Just like our e-journals and databases, you can use our e-book collections away from libraries and colleges by using you Single-Sign On password. Some e-book services, such as EBL, also allow you to download books to a tablet or smart phone so that you can carry on reading even if you’re not connected to the net.

At the RSL we are highlighting E-book availability by adding stickers to reference copies of printed books on the shelves on Level 2. If you visit the library to find there isn’t a  lending copy of the book you want to borrow, these stickers will remind you that this title is available as an e-book.

You can find out more information about using library e-books on our website –

E-book sticker logo

Look out for these ‘ebook available’ stickers on Level 2 books at the RSL