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.

Finalists: Do you have any textbooks that you would like to donate to the library?

The library would be pleased to receive personal copies of text books that are in reasonable condition and cited on reading lists. We would add these to our lending stock so future students benefit from increased provision.

A collection box has been placed on our issue desk. If you would like us to add a book plate to your donation, please enclose a slip of paper in the book with your name.

In cases where we don’t have sufficient space to add donations to our collections, we send them on to Better World Books.

Finishing your degree this summer? consult our Library checklist

Here are a number of library related things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all library books

If you have any books borrowed from university libraries please return them to the owning library before you leave. This will save on postage or return trips to Oxford (and fines!) later.

Book Donations

If you’ve got any of your own books that you don’t need any longer, the library would be happy to receive donations of social sciences textbooks. A box is available at our Issue Desk for you to place them in or pass them on to a library staff member.

Pay for outstanding fines and lost books

You can pay for all fines owed to any lending library in the Bodleian Libraries group. If you owe money for lost books you will need to visit the library that owns the book you have lost.

Alternatively you can pay for your fines and SSL books you may have lost via the online store. You will need to know the exact amount owed in each case, and you can find this out by signing in to SOLO and looking at “My Account”. If you are no longer able to sign in to SOLO, or have any questions please contact the library.

Use up your PCAS credit

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email PCAS Support for assistance.



Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires.  It will be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status, and all enquiries should be sent to PCAS Support.

 Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

 Alumni privileges

Reader’s card

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Reader’s Card (this is different to your Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the Getting a reader’s card page.

Alumni access to resources

Alumni access to selected resources is available. More information can be found on the Bodleian Alumni access to resources page. Go to the Oxford University Alumni webpage to register for an Oxford Alumni Card.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries’ RefWorks page.


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.


Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy

edited by Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Routledge, 2015

Shelfmark: HV640.URB 2015



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


Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (17-23 June).

Book Overview

Urban refugees now account for over half the total number of refugees worldwide. Yet to date, far more research has been done

on refugees living in camps and settlements set up expressly for them. This book provides crucial insights into the worldwide phenomenon of refugee flows into urban settings, repercussions

for those seeking protection, and the agencies and organizations tasked to assist them. It provides a comparative exploration of refugees and asylum seekers in nine urban areas in Africa, Asia and Europe to examine issues such as status recognition, international and national actors, housing, education and integration. It explores the relationship between refugee policies of international organisations and national governments and on the ground realities.  It also demonstrates both the diversity of circumstances in which refugees live, and their struggles for recognition, protection and livelihoods.


“This book is the first edited volume to tackle the topic of urban refugees and their survival ‘‘between a rock and a hard place”. (…) this edited collection serves not only as a useful introduction to the phenomenon of urban refugees but will also be relevant to those

with a particular interest in the refugee situation in one of the cities or countries covered.”

Neil James Wilson, City University of London

Where can I find it?

We have two Normal Loan copies on our open shelves, which can be borrowed. One of these 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 borrow it. The shelfmark for the title is HV640.URB 2015

We also have two eBooks of the title. Both can be accessed via SOLO. One is an electronic legal deposit copy. 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. The other can also be accessed in the library by all or remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.  A link to it can be found on SOLO.

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.

Leaving Oxford? Do not forget to use up your PCAS credit

PCAS is the system for photocopying, printing and scanning across the Bodleian Libraries.

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires and remaining credit is non-refundable.

It is possible to transfer credit to another PCAS account if requested.

It is also possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status.

For credit transfer queries please email PCAS Support.

Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.