Take the SSL on Holiday

Whether you wear sunnies, shades, aviators or sunglasses the SSL has your summer reading sorted!

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Trinity term. For standard loans this will begin on Sunday 11th June and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday 15th June. Books will be due back on Tuesday 10th 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 or OxLIP+ 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 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



Coming Soon. Bodleian iSkills: Authors, copyright and open access. Making it work for you (Thu 15 June, 14.00 to 15.00)

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work. This introductory workshop deciphers the jargon and explains the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.

It covers

  • benefits of retaining copyright
  • Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons)
  • author rights and sharing permissions
  • subscription and open access articles
  • uploading to the web or repositories
  • University and funder policies (inc. REF)
  • where to get help.

Participants are welcome to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly.

Intended Audience:  Academics, researchers, postgraduate research students

When: Thu 15 June, 14.00 to 15.00

Where: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room B

Click here to book a place. 


Vacation Loans start on the 11th June (Normal Loans) and 15th June (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 (11th June) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (15th June).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Michaelmas Term (10th 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.

SSL Water Week 2017

Water splash

Water is a precious resource.  It is vital for human well‐being, economic development, and a healthy environment but we often take it for granted.  Although it seems like it rains a lot in the United Kingdom, London actually has a lower annual average rainfall than Istanbul or Rome.

Here are five suggestions from the SSL Green Team on how we can appreciate water more:

Save Water  A running tap wastes over six litres of water a minute.  Approximately ten litres of water is needed to produce one sheet of paper!

  • Top Tip: Turn off taps, and report any leaking taps or toilets.
  • Top Tip: Reduce your printing and re-use scrap paper.

Drink Water  It takes up to five litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.

  • Top Tip: fill a reusable bottle from the water fountain in the Locker room behind the building Reception Desk.

Read Water  Choose from the Library’s booklist:

Enjoy Water  The River Cherwell flows alongside the Library – join the path in University Parks and stroll through ancient water meadows.

Campaign Water  Get involved and find out more about water conservation.

  • WaterAid is a charity whose mission is “to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Waterwise promotes water efficiency and provides water-saving tips and fun facts.
  • The Oxford Water Network is a multi-disciplinary research community connecting 15 different departments at the University of Oxford.  Sign up to their monthly e-newsletter or check their list of events.

Green Impact logo, Green Impact Gold Award, Green Impact Special Award


June Book of the Month

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.


Refuge: transforming a broken refugee system

Alexander Betts & Paul Collier

Allen Lane, 2017

Shelfmark: HV640.BET 2017





Our Book of the Month for June was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for Forced Migration.  Chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (20-26 June) this newly published book has been co-written by Professor Alex Betts (Director, Refugee Studies Centre) and Professor Sir Paul Collier (Blavatnik School of Government).


Book Overview:

This book offers an eye-opening account of the migrant crisis showing why our global refugee regime is broken and how it can be fixed.

Going beyond the scenes of desperation which have become all-too-familiar in the past few years, the authors show that this crisis offers an opportunity for reform if international policy-makers focus on delivering humane, effective and sustainable outcomes – both for Europe and for countries that border conflict zones. Refugees need more than simply food, tents and blankets, and research demonstrates that they can offer tangible economic benefits to their adopted countries if given the right to work and education.


‘Betts and Collier offer innovative insights into how to more effectively meet this challenge, with an important new focus on international solidarity and refugee empowerment.’
Kofi Annan


‘Refugees and policy makers need practical answers to what is now a global crisis. This valuable book represents the kind of can-do thinking that we need to see.’
David Miliband


Where can I find it?

The title is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). We also have an additional lending copy shelved at  HV640.BET 2017.

What 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.

Coming Soon. Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 20th centuries (Wed 7 June, 09.30 to 12.30)

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching, not only news but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • The value of newspapers in research
  • The difficulties of using newspapers in research and effective search techniques
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading historical newspapers
  • Using a range of sources for searching and using historical audio-visual news sources
  • Using a range of sources for searching and reading contemporary newspapers

Intended Audience:  Students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the subject

When: Wed 7 June, 09.30 to 12.30

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place. 


Leaving Oxford? Do not forget to use up your PCAS credit

PCAS is the system for photocopying, printing and scanning across the Bodleian Libraries.

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires and remaining credit is non-refundable.

We can transfer credit to another PCAS account if requested.

It will also be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status.

For credit transfer queries please email PCAS Support.

Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver and Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying.

Coming Soon. Bodleian iSkills: Research impact. Citation analysis tools (Tue 6 June, 10.00 to 11.30)

During this introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics we will use a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Understanding the main issues involved in using citation analysis to measure impact
  • Using Journal Citation Reports and CiteScore Journal Metrics to find journal impact factors
  • Using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar to track and count citations to papers and individual researchers
  • Calculating your own h-index
  • Measuring impact using altmetrics
  • Creating a researcher profile and using ORCID IDs to identify your work

Intended Audience:  Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates in Sciences and Social Sciences.

When: Tue 6 June, 10.00 to 11.30

Where: Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room

Click here to book a place. 

SSL Student Survey: thank you for your feedback

SSL Student Survey image

The SSL would like to thank all students who recently participated in our 2017 student survey. We received 263 responses and some really useful feedback. Over the next few months we will be hard at work analysing the results to identify ways we can further improve our services to students.

The lucky winner of our £50 Blackwell’s voucher was Alessio Cuozzo from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Congratulations!