There are two small group study rooms on the first floor (maximum 4 people each), and one on the ground floor next to the library desk (maximum 5-6 people).
They can be booked by any University of Oxford card holder.
To request a booking email email@example.com, phone +44 1865 272800, or speak to staff at the library desk.
Readers registered with the Bodleian Disability Services have priority for using the study rooms, so already confirmed bookings may need to be amended at short notice.
Group Study Room 1 – first floor
First floor Group Study Room – inside
The Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) will be reopening for Michaelmas Term 2023 when our refurbishment is completed. Along with reading spaces, group study rooms and individual study carrels there will also be opening a Wellbeing Room, in the RSL basement. These types of spaces are becoming more popular in libraries in recent years, especially since Covid. As well as this there will be nature imagery in the room, along with jigsaws, games, crafts and sensory toys, particularly useful for neurodiverse people.
Bubble tubes. Image CC BY 2.0 Evan Delshaw
Knitting and other crafts
Jigsaws and games
The purpose of wellbeing spaces is to promote wellbeing, relaxation and mindfulness as such the room is being designed with soft furnishings and calming colours that evoke comfort. We plan to have a range of different comfortable seating from sofas to armchairs to bean bags. We also want the space to be flexible so that the furnishings will be easy to move.
Some possible armchairs
Within the room we will have a selection of reading materials that we hope you’ll enjoy reading. Topics will include wellbeing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI), fiction, graphic novels and more. We are buying books now so if you have any books you would like to recommend for the wellbeing room please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or for EDI recommendations please contact email@example.com.
The RSL have some great and exciting plans but the most important aspect of this space is getting input from the MPLS and MSD community. We’d appreciate any feedback but particularly from any student or staff who are responsible for wellness. We have already reached out to some colleagues but we are eager to hear a range of viewpoints.
These are our plans for the room. There’s a sofa in the corner (c-51) arm chairs at the front (c-18) and a table for games and crafts (T-21)
We’re are particularly interested to hear of any activities or events you would like to run in the Wellbeing room or any evnets you would like the RSL to host.
So if you have any book suggestions, ideas for activities or any thoughts on the room in general contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Saturday 16 January, the Radcliffe Science Library and Vere Harmsworth Libraries will be CLOSED to readers apart from those using the Click and Collect service (available Monday to Friday, 12-4pm by advance booking only). This will apply until further notice.
Readers using the Click and Collect service will be able to return books as well.
Scans of RSL and VHL open shelf items will still be available to University members via the Scan and Deliver service.
It is not possible to order items to the VHL from offsite storage, but scans of articles and chapters are available through the Scan and Deliver Offsite Scan service. This is available to all Bodleian Libraries readers.
Emergency online access to many of our holdings via HathiTrust has been reinstated on SOLO.
Updated on changes to Bodleian Libraries services will be posted at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/finding-resources/library-updates.
Browse and Borrow
From Tuesday 27 October 2020, the Browse and Borrow (B&B) service is available at the Vere Harmsworth Library. Browse and Borrow allows readers to book a slot to browse the open shelves and borrow material for consultation outside the library.
Browse and Borrow sessions are available as follows in term-time:
Monday to Friday:
- Mornings: 10.00am-12.30pm
- Afternoons: 2.00pm-4.30pm
- Evenings: 6.00pm-8.30pm
Browse and Borrow bookings at the VHL are limited to 15 readers per session.
If you need to consult material in depth in the library, please book a desk or PC instead.
Demand for spaces in libraries is very high and slots become fully booked very quickly.
To assist readers in finding and booking available spaces, a new Spacefinder tool has been launched.
New slots are released 7 days in advance between 7:30-9:30 each morning, and additional slots are released each day due to cancellations and same day booking can be made before 8am.