Take the SSL home with you: ways to access library materials remotely

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Vacation loans started on Monday 27 November. Any items borrowed on or after this date will be assigned a due date of Tuesday 16 January (Tuesday of 1st week of Hilary Term 2024). To find out more, see our Vacation Loans Blog Post.

If you are an Oxford University student and need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Open laptop with an open book on it.Remote access via SOLO

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 SOLO Guide for further information.

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For help with finding and using items on SOLO, you can also get assistance via SOLO Live Chat.

This service is staffed from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

(Note that the service won’t be staffed during the Bodleian Libraries Christmas closure period – see below)

Look for the chat box to the right of the SOLO webpage.


Our eBook Subject & Research Guide has lots of information on how to access and use Oxford University eBooks.

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ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online articles and e-books can be accessed there.

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Scan & Deliver

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

Please note that the service will close for the Christmas vacation on Monday 18th December at 5pm and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.

Open laptop on a desk with the words Further Information on itFor more details on the above, and to find out about further resources available remotely, consult the Bodleian Libraries Online and Remote Access webpage.

Questions, need Help?

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Any questions, just get in touch with us!

Email: ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: 01865 271093

Michaelmas Term Vacation Opening Hours

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Our opening hours for the vacation are on our website homepage.

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We will be closed from Saturday 23rd December 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024 (dates inclusive).

Note that the library will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.


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