Large Discussion Room and East Graduate Study Room not available for use Mon 19th to Tues 20th March


Our Large Discussion Room and East Graduate Study Room are being repainted on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March.

These two rooms will be out of use while the work is completed and while the paint dries.

Our Small Discussion Room and Central Graduate Study Room will be available for use as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Noise disruption in Library: Mon 12th to Fri 16th March: UPDATE

There will be some minimal noise disruption intermittently affecting the East Graduate Study Room, Central Graduate Study Room, Information Skills Training Room, and surrounding areas from Monday 12 – Friday 16 March, when work is taking place to service the fire dampers under the floor.

UPDATE: The Reader PCs Area will also be briefly affected from 9am-10am on Wednesday 14 March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


SSL phone temporarily out of order

Old vintage landline telephoneUnfortunately due to the move from an analog service to a digital service the main phoneline at the Bodleian Social Science Library, (0)1865 2-71093,  is temporarily unavailable. We will be unable to receive calls at this number for a short time.

Please call (0)1865 2-71071 to contact the library.

We are still available to contact via e-mail, and via our social media channels. Further details on contacting the SSL are available on our website.

Take the SSL on holiday

Do you need access to library resources while you are away from Oxford this vacation?

Follow our tips below:

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Hilary Term. For standard loans this will begin on Sunday 4th March and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday 8th March. Books will be due back on Tuesday 24th April (1st week of Trinity Term).

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 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.

No Stack Request deliveries until Mon 5th March due to adverse weather conditions

Due to the adverse weather conditions, there will be no further deliveries of items requested from the Closed Stacks until Monday morning (5th March). This is due to unsafe travel conditions between Oxford and Swindon (where the Book Storage Facility is located)

Readers can expect their requested closed stack material to begin arriving with us from Monday onwards.

Once the requested item arrives at the SSL, you will receive an automatic email to let you know. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this delay may cause.


Library closing early today at 7pm (Friday 2nd March) due to adverse weather conditions

Due to the current adverse weather conditions, the library will be closing early today (Friday 2nd March) at 7pm to allow all our staff and readers to get home safely.

This is also the case for other Bodleian Libraries.

We expect to be open again for our normal hours tomorrow Saturday 3 March, 10am to 6pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.