Scan and Deliver is now available

Scan & Deliver is now available.

This is an electronic document delivery service providing scans of chapters or articles from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections, including those in the Social Science Library.

Current members of the University can log onto SOLO with their Single Sign-On to see an “OffsiteScan” request button for items held in offsite storage, and a “LibraryScan” request button for items held by libraries offering the scanning service.

Bodleian Reader Card-holders can log onto SOLO with their Bodleian Libraries username and password  to make “OffsiteScan” requests.

For more information see here.

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 water paradox: overcoming the global crisis in water management

by Edward B. Barbier

Yale University Press, 2019

eBook available here





The Book of the Month for July 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 it highlights how much something that we take for granted, water, is under threat by human mismanagement and what we can do to resolve this.

Book Overview

Water is essential to life, yet humankind’s relationship with water is complex. For millennia, we have perceived it as abundant and easily accessible. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. With demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis is imminent. In this trenchant critique of current water policies and practices, Edward Barbier argues that our water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual underpricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and disincentivized much-needed technological innovation. As a result “water grabbing” is on the rise, and cooperation to resolve these disputes is increasingly fraught. Barbier draws on evidence from countries across the globe to show the scale of the problem, and outlines the policy and management solutions needed to avert this crisis.


‘’Edward Barbier does a fabulous job educating the reader on the state of water in the world and on ways to address associated water-issues. While the book is written for a non-technical audience, it is essential reading for water professionals and policy makers.’’

Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

Barbier is the go-to person on water and water scarcity. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who cares about one of the most important issues in this century.”

Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and author of Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

“Clear and compelling… recommended reading for all interested in the pressing issue of water scarcity.”

Professor Anil Markandya, Former Scientific Director at the Basque Centre for Climate Change.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

Black Lives Matter and Anti Racist Online Resources Reading List

A reading list has been created of Black Lives Matter and anti-racist online resources. The list was created in liaison with the Bodleian Libraries, College Libraries and JCR Welfare reps. It is an evolving list of online resources with titles being added regularly.  If you have any feedback or titles you would like to see included please contact Helen Worrell.

For more information on the Bodleian Libraries’ ongoing commitment to promoting inclusive collection development please see the ‘Changing the Narrative: championing inclusive collection development’ Libguide.


New: Access 300,000 eBooks via Perlego

We are pleased to announce that we now have access to 300,000 book titles across a broad range of subjects via Perlego, until 17 July 2020. This includes all of Wiley and Pearson.

You may browse by subject, topic, curated reading list or publisher, or search. A new advanced search filter is also now available.

Users can browse the full collection to identify titles of interest without creating an account at Perlego.

However, to access the full-text, users need to create their own Perlego account. To set this up, Go to Databases A-Z and find Perlego.

Then, click on the link to WebLearn to find the access code and the link to the platform. A registration form will be generated. Use your email address and the access code to set up your account. Once this is done, in future, you can go directly to the Perlego website and login in with your email address.

Searching Perlego

Use the simple search, and then filter to search for books only matching on the title, author, the topic, or the keyword. Or use the format filter and choose to read in e-Pub or PDF.

For more information on Perlego, take a look at this YouTube tutorial.

If you would like to give us some feedback, please contact your Subject Librarian.


New emergency access to eBooks with the HathiTrust

The Bodleian Libraries have arranged, with the HathiTrust, emergency access to millions of e-books. The HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaboration of academic and research libraries across the world and a major digital repository. This service enables on-screen access to 1.5 million in-copyright items  which have been verified as held in the Bodleian Libraries, as well as approximately 4 million public domain items.

Current members of the University can access these resources directly via the HathiTrust website using their Single Sign-On.

Links are also being added to existing records in SOLO where a digital copy is available via the HathiTrust.

Returning Library Books to the SSL

Readers leaving Oxford before the summer, or coming back to Oxford to collect their belongings from Colleges, can now return their library books to a number of locations across Oxford, at specific times, including at the Manor Road Building from 12pm-2pm on Tuesdays starting tomorrow Tuesday 16 June.

When returning items to the SSL:

  • Please queue outside the Manor Road Building 2m from the person in front of you
  • When at the front of the queue, staff will ask you to place your books in the crates provided
  • Please do not leave your books outside the building while we are unstaffed and unable to accept returns, as they will be at risk of damage and theft. Full replacement costs will be charged for items left this way.

Other Libraries that you can return books to that are open at various times through the week are:

  • Radcliffe Humanities building
  • Saïd Business School
  • Weston Library
  • Old Road Campus building

Additional information can be found here.

A map showing the locations where you can return items to can be found here.

If you are unable to return your books at any of these libraries during their scheduled opening times, please email for advice.


Our Book of the Month choice for June

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.


Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism

by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

Cambridge University Press, 2019

eBook available here



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



Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it addresses the noticeable rise of authoritarian populism in Europe and the USA

Book Overview

The recent growth of support for populist political parties and the emergence of leaders with authoritarian tendencies in many Western societies have attracted much interest. The most popular theories form two groups: One sees support for populist parties being strongest among those who have benefited least from decades of globalisation. The other suggests that populist parties draw most heavily on those who have negative views on changes in society. The authors favour the second of these, and they draw on statistical data and a wide literature to make the case that patterns of voting for populist parties across Europe and the USA all show substantial intergenerational differences. 

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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.

VitalSource: Free eBook rentals for students

VitalSource is currently providing up to 7 free e-book rentals for students at UK universities until 30 June 2020. Many of these e-books are not available to purchase via other suppliers. To access your free e-books sign up with your email address at

Below is an example of just some of the available titles:


Book cover images copyright of their Publishers.







Access over 1.4 million eBooks via SOLO

While our Libraries may be closed, the Bodleian Libraries have been working hard to ‘Keep the University reading.’ With a Single Sign On you can access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO.

Filter results by ‘Online Resources’ and to find e-books that can be accessed offsite, look for the green Online access icon.


As well as our existing titles, the Bodleian Libraries have been working with publishers to provide a lot of extra access to online resources during this period. Over 5,000 new e-books have been purchased and added to SOLO together with a further 60,000 temporary e-books made freely available by publishers during COVID-19. In addition, for some e-book collections, the licenses of content have been temporarily extended to increase or remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest additional e-books via the e-books LibGuide.



Access The Economist for free online via SOLO

Keep up to date with the latest economic, business, political and international news by reading The Economist.

This popular weekly newspaper is available for free online via SOLO with your SSO (Single Sign-On). The complete content from 1843 is available to view.

Four methods of access will display and the date ranges/content available for each one vary:

Full-Text Reproduction of Print Version (1992 to 2020)

Choose the 1st option (ABI/INFORM Global) to access a full-text reproduction of the print version of The Economist from 1992 to the latest issue. Note however that content may differ from the online version (2nd option ‘Economist Newspaper’)

Full-Text Plus Additional Online Content (1997 to 2020)

Choose the second option (Economist Newspaper) for full text access from 1997 to the latest issue, plus access to additional online only articles.

Once you have clicked on the above link and The Economist website has displayed, it will show tabs at the top of the screen to ‘Subscribe/Log in or register’ but you do not need to do this, as you have already logged in via SOLO with you SSO. Full text access will display when you click on the image of the issue you wish to read:

Images copyright of The Economist

Full-Text Historical Archive (1843 to 2015)

Choose the 3rd option (Gale Cengage Economist Historical Archive) to access the historical archive dating from 1843 up to and including 2015.

Full-Text (2001 to 2020)

Choose the 4th option (Westlaw International) to access a full-text reproduction of the print version from 2001 to 2020. If you are not a regular Westlaw user, you may find viewing the content easier via ABI/INFORM Global (first option listed above). This is because you cannot browse through the issues via Westlaw (as you can in ABI/INFORM Global). You have to instead enter “Economist” in the search box as the source you want to search and then search it as a database for individual articles.