Take the SSL on Holiday: ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Hilary term. Books (both normal and short loan) will be due back on Tuesday 28 April (1st week of Trinity Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSL eReadings provides scans of selected articles and book chapters on reading lists we support that are not available in e-books or e-journals. SSL eReadings is hosted on WebLearn, log in with your Single Sign On (SSO)

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Further information can be found here.

We will be closed from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020 (dates inclusive).

The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 14 April.


Do you feel supported in your Research?

Let us know if you think more can be done at Oxford around research data management support. We need the participation of researchers in ensuring the services we are delivering keep pace with what’s needed in all the divisions.

What are your views on support around:

  • Training on RDM
  • Advice provided on data standards, benchmarks and good practice
  • Support around storage and dissemination options for your data
  • Current guidance on tools for gathering data in the field
  • Support around data analysis
  • Advice provided on Reproducibility and FAIR data
  • Key RDM needs of your discipline

A short survey is running until March 20 to gather the views of individual researchers on these and similar issues. Make sure your voice is heard! Complete the survey here.


If you have any questions about the survey or the wider project, please contact John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian.


Finding things in the Library : prototype improvements Part 4: let us know what you think!

The Social Science Library is taking part in a Navigation & Wayfinding project along with other sites in the Bodleian Libraries.

In response to feedback from readers, we are experimenting with new ways to make it easier to find things in and near the Library. Over a period of two weeks we will be trialling four more prototype improvements.

Did you see the prototypes while using the library today?

1) A projecting sign above the New Journals Display pointing towards the Print & Copy Room

2) Signs in the aisles and at the end of shelves reminding readers that they can ask staff for help if needed

Let us know what you think!

Write your thoughts on the flipchart opposite the issue desk, email ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or contact us using the details at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/contact.

Coming up next week: Free Bodleian iSkills Workshops: and more

Want to learn how to reference using Mendeley? Or are you interested in Open Access and need information on Authors, copyright and open access?

Then why not sign up for one of the upcoming FREE Bodleian iSkills Workshops?

Click on the image below for further details and booking links.

The programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and library facilities.

Whilst primarily aimed at Graduates, some of the introductory sessions this term are aimed at all Library users. Just check the ‘Intended Audience’ details on the course information page.

Online booking is required.

A full list of iSkills workshops coming up this term can be found here.

Vacation Loans start in 8th Week of Hilary Term: Sun 8th for Normal Loans and Thurs 12th for Short Loans

The end of term is fast approaching and that means vacation borrowing is about to start.

For standard loans this will begin on Sunday of 8th Week (8 March) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (12 March).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Trinity Term (28 April 2020).

The total number of books you can borrow remains the same.

Please note that journals, statistical series and ‘Confined’ books remain for library use only during the vacations.

Take a look at our New Books web page to see titles recently added to stock

Take a look at our New Books web page to view the list of print and e-book titles that we have recently added to stock.

The list is divided according to the subject indicated by the classification of the book.

Here are just a few of our recent purchases:



To discover which shelfmarks are appropriate for your research and teaching interests, please see our subject browsing guide


The New Books web page also showcases one of our Subject Librarian’s choices for the SSL Book of the Month.