Welcome to all our new readers: Here are some tips to help get you started

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Welcome to all of our new readers! We’ve put together some tips to help get you started using the Bodleian Libraries.

Take a look at the SSL webpage for all the key information you will need to start using the Bodleian Libraries and our services.

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SOLO is the search and discovery tool for the major collections of Oxford University’s libraries (including the SSL). You can find out all about how to use it in our SOLO Subject Guide.

You may also find our SOLO Top Tips video tutorial useful to view.

You can also get assistance with using SOLO via the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service. During staffed hours (see above) just type your query into the Live Chat box to the right of the screen and a staff member will reply.

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Visit the Subject and Research Guides website for an array of how to guides on key library services, such as how to use the Bodleian Libraries WiFi, password information and how to print, copy and scan (PCAS). There is also information on online training courses you may find useful to attend (Bodleian iSkills)

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Still have questions? Need some help? Talk to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Speak to us in person at our Issue Desk or you can contact us via phone (01865 2-71093) or via email.

New to Oxford? Get to know the Bodleian Libraries and how we can help you

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Libraries will play a big part during your time at Oxford, whether providing access to online articles on your reading list or helping you find that elusive book.

Getting to grips with the services we provide and finding your way around buildings and collections, can seem daunting at first. We run Library Welcome Sessions and Tours, to provide you with all the key information you need to know, so you can confidently get down to your studies.

You may also find it useful to watch a short introductory video to the Bodleian Libraries.


Details of your Library Welcome Webinar, where friendly staff will run through how the Bodleian Libraries can help you, are in your student timetable. Links and times for your session will be listed there.

The slides and SOLO handout from the webinar are available on the Bodleian Libraries Getting Started webpage.

You can drop in and attend a 20-minute tour at any of these times; no booking is required:

  • Wednesday 5 October: 11am, 3pm
  • Thursday 6 October: 11am, 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday 7 October: 11am, 5pm


Your Library Welcome sessions are in person and you will have been given details of them by your Department. In most cases, your Library tours will be just after or just before your Welcome session.

If you miss your Library Welcome Session

Further information on getting started in the Bodleian Libraries can be found on a dedicated webpage. You can also speak to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help you.

New to the Social Science Library? Come on a Library Tour

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We are offering 20 minute welcome tours to new undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, in 0th week of Michaelmas term:

  • Wednesday 5 October: 11am, 3pm
  • Thursday 6 October: 11am, 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday 7 October: 11am, 5pm

No booking is required, so come along to find out how to use our library and get advice from staff.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Working Remotely? Need a Book Chapter or Journal Article? Use our Scan & Deliver Service

Scan & Deliver is an electronic document delivery service which enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles via email from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections.

The service was rolled out more widely in response to the pandemic to support students and researchers working remotely. Since June 2020 (when staff came back on-site after the first Lockdown), 3000 scans have been processed by SSL staff members.

Using the Service

One request for a scan can be made per day via SOLO.

Requests are normally fulfilled within seven working days, Monday-Friday. This excludes weekends and any University holidays.

The service is currently free.

Placing a Request

It comprises two separate request routes:

  • OffsiteScan for items in off-site storage/closed stacks
  • LibraryScan for items on the open shelves of libraries
  • OffsiteScan is available to both University and Bodleian Reader card holders.
  • LibraryScan is available to current members of the University with a SSO only

You can place a Scan and Deliver request through SOLO.

OffsiteScan requests:

  1. Log in using your Oxford Single Sign On (SSO) or non-Oxford Member (Bodleian Reader) login
  2. Locate the relevant item record
  3. In the ‘Find and Request’ section of the record select ‘Scan & Deliver’.

LibraryScan requests:

  1. Log in using your Oxford Single Sign On (SSO)
  2. Locate the relevant item record
  3. In the ‘Export Options’ section of the record select ‘LibraryScan’
  4. If an OffsiteScan is available, please choose this over a LibraryScan.

Watch the Scan & Deliver Training Video which will guide you through the process.

Receive your Request

Once your request has been completed, your scan will be posted on a server and you will receive an email including a link to the scan. Your request will be available to access for 14 days.

Files are retained for 28 days, so please contact us as soon as possible if you need us to restore your file after the 14 day period has passed.

Your Scan and Deliver request is for individual research use only, and may not be shared, distributed or posted elsewhere online.



Our Resource of the Month choice for September

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.


September’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthropology.


Helen’s choice is Anthropology Online. It was chosen because it brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behaviour the world over.

Resource Overview

Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behaviour the world over. The database contains more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives. Cross-searchable with Ethnographic Video Online, Alexander Street’s collection of classic and contemporary films for the anthropology classroom, Anthropology Online provides sociologists, anthropologists, cultural historians, and others with complete works of the key practitioners and theorists alike throughout the discipline.

Where can you access the resource

Anthropology Online can be accessed via SOLO.


Our Book of the Month choice for September

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


September’s book of the month was selected by Helen Worrell, Subject Consultant for Anthroplogy.



After society: anthropological trajectories out of Oxford

Edited by Joao de Pina-Cabral and Glen Bowman

Berghahn Books

Available at GN25.AFT 2020 but currently on display at our New Books Display Area.



It was chosen to introduce the newly moved Anthropology collections and highlight the recent history of Oxford’s Anthropology department.

Book Overview

In the early 1980s, when the contributors to this volume completed their graduate training at Oxford, the conditions of practice in anthropology were undergoing profound change. Professionally, the immediate postcolonial period was over and neoliberal reforms were marginalizing the social sciences.  Here self-ethnography is used to portray the contributors’ anthropological trajectories, showing how analytical and academic engagements interacted creatively over time.


“This volume provides a valuable mix of autobiographical reflections on what it was to be a student of anthropology at Oxford at a particular time in the Institute’s history. Such reflections are all the more insightful, written as they are, by former students who by now have had largely successful (indeed very successful) careers in the discipline.”

Elizabeth Ewart, University of Oxford

How can I access it?

A hard copy can be found on our New Books Display Area (around the corner from our Issue Desk), which can be borrowed by Oxford University students and staff. It is usually shelved at GN25.AFT 2020.

Image of an open book with the pages curled to form a love heartWhat would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Air Handling Maintenance, Monday 15 to Friday 19 August

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Essential maintenance work to replace an air handling unit control panel is scheduled for Monday 15 – Friday 19 August 2022.  This means that some areas of the library may feel stuffier than usual during this time.

If you would like advice on alternative work spaces in the library that are unaffected by this work please ask library staff.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.