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

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Hilary term. Books (both normal and short loan) will be due back on Tuesday 28 April (1st week of Trinity 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 Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020 (dates inclusive).

The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 14 April.


Do you feel supported in your Research?

Let us know if you think more can be done at Oxford around research data management support. We need the participation of researchers in ensuring the services we are delivering keep pace with what’s needed in all the divisions.

What are your views on support around:

  • Training on RDM
  • Advice provided on data standards, benchmarks and good practice
  • Support around storage and dissemination options for your data
  • Current guidance on tools for gathering data in the field
  • Support around data analysis
  • Advice provided on Reproducibility and FAIR data
  • Key RDM needs of your discipline

A short survey is running until March 20 to gather the views of individual researchers on these and similar issues. Make sure your voice is heard! Complete the survey here.


If you have any questions about the survey or the wider project, please contact John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian.


Vacation Loans start in 8th Week of Hilary Term: Sun 8th for Normal Loans and Thurs 12th 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 (8 March) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (12 March).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Trinity Term (28 April 2020).

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.

Take a look at our New Books web page to see titles recently added to stock

Take a look at our New Books web page to view the list of print and e-book titles that we have recently added to stock.

The list is divided according to the subject indicated by the classification of the book.

Here are just a few of our recent purchases:



To discover which shelfmarks are appropriate for your research and teaching interests, please see our subject browsing guide


The New Books web page also showcases one of our Subject Librarian’s choices for the SSL Book of the Month.

Open Access Oxford Week (9th to 13th March): Events and Booking Information

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events.

Open Access Oxford Week (9 – 13 March), will round off the spring term with daily events across the university, to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. It will be a chance to hear some excellent speakers from Oxford University and beyond.


Further information on the sessions and how to book can be found here.

Our Book of the Month choice for March

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 social atlas of Europe

by Dimitris Ballas et al.

Polity Press, 2014

Shelfmark: GF540.BAL 2014




The Book of the Month for March has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy.





Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the innovative way that it presents maps of Europe from a human geography perspective.

Book Overview

The book uses geographic information systems and new cartographic techniques to present maps of Europe based on data on a number of themes including Identity and Culture, Education, Employment, Industry and Occupation, Health, Environment and Social Cohesion. It shows the similarities and differences between European peoples both within but also beyond conventional national boundaries.


“Simply browsing this Social Atlas of Europe is an exhilarating experience for the lay reader: unfailingly informative, sometimes intriguing, and always entertaining. A triumph of human geography and human cartography!”

Manos Matsaganis, Athens University of Economics and Business

“The authors have used a fascinating body of techniques to display social data geographically. The results are startling and compelling, furnishing a model for everyone who does this kind of work from now on.”

Howard S. Becker, author of Telling About Society

“An insightful look at today’s Europe — not through the artifices of geographic boundaries or gross national products, but through the underlying realities that Europeans live every day – their understandings, attitudes, and well-being – all brought to life in charts and maps that reveal the human geography of this vitally important area of the world.”

Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley

Where can I find it?

We have two normal loan copies of the book. One is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it to have a look at it or borrow it (if you are eligible to borrow items). The shelfmark for the title is GF540.BAL 2014 There is also an e-Legal Deposit version of the title which can be found on SOLO here. Please note that e-Legal Deposit material can only be viewed from Bodleian Libraries computers.

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.

Research Data Management Online Survey: Researchers, we require your views

The Bodleian Libraries have instigated a review into current Research Data Management (RDM) practices and services which has now developed into a project also being supported by the University IT and Research Services.

This review aims to ensure that we are all ready for the challenges of the future and we can meet the evolving needs of our academics, researchers and students; whether in the earliest stages of a project or nearing completion.

The first stage of the project is a short online survey, which runs until the 20 March 2020.

The survey is aimed at individual researchers and research administrators across all the divisions and should take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.


If you have any questions about the survey or the wider project, please contact John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian.


LGBT+ Database Trials: Let us know your views

Trialling of LGBT+ Databases

Throughout February and early March the Bodleian Libraries will be trialling a selection of LGBT+ related eResources and databases, which are listed below. All are accessible via SOLO, click on the resource names below to go directly to their SOLO record and gain online access (logging on with your SSO if required).

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: Gale Cengage (On trial until 4/3/20)
This resource spans the sixteenth to twentieth centuries and is the largest digital collection of historical primary source publications relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender research and gender studies research. Documentation covering disciplines such as social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities to support research and education.

LGBT Magazine Archive:Proquest LLC (On trial until 2/3/20)
The resource archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type.  The complete backfile of The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time.  As one of the very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement. LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times.

LGBT Life Full Text from EBSCO (On trial until 28/2/20)
LGBT Life with Full Text is a specialised database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.  Content includes more than 140 full-text journals and nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials.  In addition, more than 260 abstracted and indexed journals and more than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works.

Please let us know what you think of these eResources, as this will help guide whether we should purchase any of them and extend their access. Send your views to Helen Worrell, the Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian and Vice-Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group.