Dates for the last stack request delivery before our Christmas closure period


The last stack request delivery to the SSL before our Christmas closure period (Sat 22nd Dec to Tues 1st Jan) (dates inclusive)) will be on the morning of Friday 21st December. Readers who wish to receive items in this last delivery must place their order on SOLO no later than 7.30pm on Thursday 20th December.

Items ordered over the library closure period will be delivered on the morning of Wednesday 2nd January or shortly afterwards.

Please note that there will also be no deliveries taking place on Thursday 20th December, as the library will be closed between 9am – 3pm due to essential electrical maintenance work.





This Library will be closed this Thursday (20th December) between 09:00 and 15:00

The library will be closed this Thursday (20th December 2018) between 09:00 and 15:00 due to essential electrical maintenance. There will be no electricity supply in the building during this time.

Please note that due to the closure, no stack request deliveries will be taking place on this day. Items ordered from the Closed Stacks on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday (before 7.30pm) will be delivered on the morning of Friday 21st.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

SSL Vacation Opening Hours and Christmas Closure Period

On Sunday 9th December our vacation opening hours begin:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: CLOSED

We will be closed from Saturday 22nd December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019 (dates inclusive).

(The library will close at 5pm on Friday 21st December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January)

Our Book of the Month Choice for December

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.


Displacement, Development and Climate Change: international organizations moving beyond their mandates

Nina Hall

Routledge, 2016

Shelfmark: QC903.HAL 2016




Our Book of the Month choice for December has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, African and Commonwealth Studies.



Why was it chosen?

It was chosen as the effects and issues of climate change are now of global and pressing concern.

Book Overview

This book focuses on one critical challenge: climate change. Climate change is predicted to lead to an increased intensity and frequency of natural disasters. An increase in extreme weather events, global temperatures and higher sea levels may lead to displacement and migration, and will affect many dimensions of the economy and society. Although scholars are examining the complexity and fragmentation of the climate change regime, they have not examined how our existing international development, migration and humanitarian organizations are dealing with climate change.

Focusing on three institutions: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Development Programme, the book asks: how have these inter-governmental organizations responded to climate change? And are they moving beyond their original mandates, given none were established with a mandate for climate change? It traces their responses to climate change in their rhetoric, policy, structure, operations and overall mandate change. Hall argues that international bureaucrats can play an important role in mandate expansion, often deciding whether and how to expand into a new issue-area and then lobbying states to endorse this expansion. They make changes in rhetoric, policy, structure and operations on the ground, and therefore forge, frame and internalize new issue-linkages.


‘Hall provides a perceptive critique of why and how mandates evolve within international organizations.  Her book is a must-read for all seeking to ensure that our global institutions remain fit for purpose.’

Sam Daws, Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform, Oxford University

‘This book provides fascinating insights into how international development, migration and humanitarian organizations are responding to the challenge of climate change.’

Professor Jane McAdam, Director, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales.

Where can I find it?

We have one copy, which can be borrowed. It is currently displayed on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display and borrow it. The shelfmark for the title is  QC903.HAL 2016

We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

Take the SSL on Holiday: ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Michaelmas term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 15th January (1st week of Hilary 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 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. Further information can be found here.

We will be closed from Saturday 22nd December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019 (dates inclusive).

(The library will close at 5pm on Friday 21st December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January)

Vacation Loans start in 8th Week (Sun 25th Nov for standard loans and Thurs 29th Nov for 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 (25th November) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (29th November).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Hilary Term (15th January)

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.