Our Book of the Month choice for July

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.


The left case against the EU

by Costas Lapavitsas

Polity Press, 2019

Shelfmark: JN50.LAP 2019




Our Book of the Month choice for July has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.


Why was it chosen?

The choice was inspired by the current instability within and around the European Union.

Book Overview

In The Left Case Against the EU, Costas Lapavitsas makes the case that the European Union is beyond left-wing reform, as evidenced by its response to the Eurozone crisis. He argues that the union has become a neoliberal citadel that embeds austerity, privatisation and wage cuts. If the union has drifted rightward, Lapavitsas argues that the only way to fight for reform is from within.


‘This is one of the most significant books on modern politics to appear in the last decade, and virtually the only one fully to grasp the nature of our present situation.’
Richard Tuck, Harvard University

‘Nowhere has the political economy of the common currency and of German ascendancy in Europe been more clearly exposed.’
Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

‘Expedient, informed and lucid’
David Hollanders, Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Where can I find it?

We have one copy of the book, which is for library use only. It is currently located 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 to take a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is JN50.LAP 2019

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.

New system for PCAS account top-ups

From the 24 June a new PCAS payment portal will be in place for PCAS credit and debit card top ups. Access the new site here.

The new site will run in parallel with the existing service (WebPay) until 30 June, at which point it will become the only method of adding credit using a credit/debit card.

If you require any support with the new service please speak to library staff or email the PCAS support team.

Further information about PCAS can be found here.

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

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Trinity term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 15 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 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.

Enjoy the vacation!

Photography taking place in the SSL on Fri 28 June

On Friday 28 June 3:30pm – 6:00pm a photographer will be working in and around the SSL to take photographs for Bodleian Libraries promotional purposes.

The main reading rooms will be photographed first, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, followed by other spaces around the library.

All close-up photography will exclusively feature volunteer models.

Please contact us at ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you would like to appear in our photographs.

If you would prefer not to be shown in the photographs, please make yourself known to a member of staff while the photography is under way.



In addition, the Central Graduate Study Room will be designated a “Camera Free Zone” accessible to all readers who would like an alternative study space during this time.


Vacation Loans start in 8th Week: Sun 16th June for Normal Loans and Thurs 20th June 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 (16th June) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (20th June).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Michaelmas Term (15th 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.


Submit your book recommendations to us by Fri 21 June

Row of books

Are there any books you would like us to order for the library?

Friday 21 June is the last date for book recommendations this financial year.

You can recommend a book title to the SSL by:

Book ordering will begin again in the new financial year, from August 2019 onwards.

The Bodleian Libraries collection of self help books and sources of help for coping with exam pressure

Following student feedback, the Bodleian Libraries Disability Subcommittee recommended the creation of a collection of self-help books to support students who may experience difficulties during their time in Oxford. As a result, the Bodleian Libraries worked in collaboration with the Counselling Service and College Libraries to acquire the titles.



The titles are available as ebooks and University members can access them remotely by clicking on the link in the title of each book. Your Single Sign-On (eg abcd1234) will be required for authentication. If you require any additional information, please contact disability.librarian@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Coping with Exam Pressure

The run up to exams can be particularly stressful, take a look at this Oxford University webpage which gives you practical advice on coping with anxiety while revising and sitting your exams, and offers further sources of help.

Library related sources of help


Remember that SSL Library Staff are here to help you. Let us know if you can’t locate library materials or need assistance accessing library services.