Finishing your degree this summer? Things to remember before you leave

Desk with a notebook on it with the words Library Checklist written on it. On the desk are the words Finishing your Degree this Summer.

Here are a number of library related things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all library books

If you are still in Oxford: please, if possible, return your books to the library from which you originally borrowed them. Find out the SSL’s opening hours on our webpage.

Alternatively, there are three book loan return hubs where you can return items from any Bodleian library – Here at the SSL we are a return hub for all libraries, and in addition there is the Sainsbury Library at the Saïd Business School and the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library at Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

If you have left Oxford, not to worry, Bodleian Libraries are offering free returns of books via a Royal Mail Tracked service in the UK, and outside the UK we can arrange returns for you if you contact the team at

Please visit the Bodleian Libraries Return Loans webpage for further details on how to return your books.

Use up your PCAS credit

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Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email PCAS Support for assistance.



Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires.  It will be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status, and all enquiries should be sent to PCAS Support.

Your PCAS credit can also be used to pay for inter-library loans requests.

 Alumni privileges

BODLEIAN Reader’s card

Person stood reading a book in the reading rooms of the Radcliffe Camera.

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Bodleian Reader’s Card (this is different to your Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the University of Oxford degree holders applying for a Bodleian Reader card webpage.

Alumni access to ELECTRONIC resources

My Oxford Card. Blue background with an image of the Radcliffe Camera on it.







Being an Oxford Alumni entitles you to remote access to selected electronic resources. More information can be found on the Bodleian Alumni Journals access webpage.

If you have a Bodleian readers card, you will also be able to access electronic resources in the Bodleian Libraries via reader PCs.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries’ RefWorks page.

Two photos on a desk with Graduates throwing their hats in the air. Under are the words The SSL staff wish you good luck for the future.

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