New system for PCAS account top-ups

From the 24 June a new PCAS payment portal will be in place for PCAS credit and debit card top ups. Access the new site here.

The new site will run in parallel with the existing service (WebPay) until 30 June, at which point it will become the only method of adding credit using a credit/debit card.

If you require any support with the new service please speak to library staff or email the PCAS support team.

Further information about PCAS can be found here.

Entry gate upgrade on Monday 24 June

On Monday 24 June, the Social Science Library’s entry gate will be converted from a swipe-based access control system to a card proximity reader, using the SALTO system also used in many other buildings across the University.

The library’s accessible entrance, currently operated using electronic tags issued to specific users, will also be converted to SALTO at the same time.

While the work takes place, please show your University/Bodleian Libraries card to staff in order to enter the library.

When the work is complete, simply hold your card over the new card reader, the light will turn green and the entry gate will open.

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

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Trinity term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 15 October (1st week of Michaelmas 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.

Enjoy the vacation!

Photography taking place in the SSL on Fri 28 June

On Friday 28 June 3:30pm – 6:00pm a photographer will be working in and around the SSL to take photographs for Bodleian Libraries promotional purposes.

The main reading rooms will be photographed first, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, followed by other spaces around the library.

All close-up photography will exclusively feature volunteer models.

Please contact us at if you would like to appear in our photographs.

If you would prefer not to be shown in the photographs, please make yourself known to a member of staff while the photography is under way.



In addition, the Central Graduate Study Room will be designated a “Camera Free Zone” accessible to all readers who would like an alternative study space during this time.


Vacation Loans start in 8th Week: Sun 16th June for Normal Loans and Thurs 20th June 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 (16th June) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (20th June).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Michaelmas Term (15th October)

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.


Coming up this week: Free Bodleian iSkills workshops: Preparing your Literature review and Zotero

If you would like help preparing for a literature review, or advice on making reference management easier, make sure you sign up for one of the upcoming free Bodleian iSkills Workshops.

Primarily aimed at Graduates, the programme is designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials. Online booking is required.

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

Submit your book recommendations to us by Fri 21 June

Row of books

Are there any books you would like us to order for the library?

Friday 21 June is the last date for book recommendations this financial year.

You can recommend a book title to the SSL by:

Book ordering will begin again in the new financial year, from August 2019 onwards.

The Bodleian Libraries collection of self help books and sources of help for coping with exam pressure

Following student feedback, the Bodleian Libraries Disability Subcommittee recommended the creation of a collection of self-help books to support students who may experience difficulties during their time in Oxford. As a result, the Bodleian Libraries worked in collaboration with the Counselling Service and College Libraries to acquire the titles.



The titles are available as ebooks and University members can access them remotely by clicking on the link in the title of each book. Your Single Sign-On (eg abcd1234) will be required for authentication. If you require any additional information, please contact

Coping with Exam Pressure

The run up to exams can be particularly stressful, take a look at this Oxford University webpage which gives you practical advice on coping with anxiety while revising and sitting your exams, and offers further sources of help.

Library related sources of help


Remember that SSL Library Staff are here to help you. Let us know if you can’t locate library materials or need assistance accessing library services.

Finalists: Do you have any textbooks that you would like to donate to the library?

The library would be pleased to receive personal copies of text books that are in reasonable condition and cited on reading lists. We would add these to our lending stock so future students benefit from increased provision.

A collection box has been placed on our issue desk. If you would like us to add a book plate to your donation, please enclose a slip of paper in the book with your name.

In cases where we don’t have sufficient space to add donations to our collections, we send them on to Better World Books.