Explore the Bodleian Libraries collections on Digital.Bodleian

In an effort to make portions of the Bodleian Libraries’ collections open to a wide variety of users from around the world for learning, teaching and research, the Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing library content for nearly twenty years.

Search and explore the Bodleian’s collection on Digital.Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items.

Via Digital.Bodleian you can:

If you have questions about the digital collections or problems with the site, email digitalsupport@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Ways you can contact us for assistance

The Social Science Library may be physically closed but you can still get in touch with us.

As our staff are primarily working from home, please contact us by email in preference to telephone if possible.

If you are only able to contact us by phone, leave a voicemail message at +44 (0)1865 271093. Staff are checking messages regularly and will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

To contact a specific member of staff (such as your Subject Consultant), see our full staff contact list here.

You can also contact us via our social media channels, through Facebook and Twitter.

Need assistance with locating an item or eResource on our catalogue?

Use the Live Chat functionality within SOLO to talk to a staff member. The service has been expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am–7pm on weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends.

Staff can assist with finding library materials and resources and advise what to do if you can’t find an item you can access remotely.


Find our more about new developments to our eBook collections

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

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

As well as our existing titles, Bodleian Libraries staff have been expanding our eBook coverage. New collections have been purchased and a number of publishers have also given temporary access to their eBooks.

In addition, for some eBook collections, the licenses of content have been temporarily extended to increase or remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.

To find out more and see all the latest information regarding eBooks, please refer to the Bodleian Libraries eBooks LibGuide.

Want to recommend an eBook for purchase?

If you urgently require a book that is only available in hardcopy or electronically via eLegal Deposit complete a Book Recommendation Form. Staff will investigate if it is possible for us to buy an eBook which will be accessible remotely if you have a SSO.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email here.


Our Book of the Month Choice for April

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 health of refugees: public health perspectives from crisis to settlement

Edited by Pascale Allotey and Daniel D. Reidpath.

2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2019

eBook available here.




April’s book of the month was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development and Forced Migration Studies.



Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to highlight the health plight faced by refugees and asylum-seekers. This is even more pressing now as they face the unprecedented crisis presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. They are more vulnerable than ever.

Book Overview

This book is a comprehensive and critical work providing an analysis of public health, international law, the history of migration and the media’s role in refugee health. With a focus on what international obligations entail when it comes to refugees and migrants, the authors present a reinforced take on our collective responsibility to leave no one behind. It traces the health repercussions on individuals and populations from the moment of forced mass movements due to conflict and other disasters, through to the progress of resettlement in other countries.

It’s multidisciplinarity, wide geographical coverage and use of case studies makes it an ideal current resource not only for public health practitioners, researchers and postgraduate students, but also for those involved in NGOs, international aid and international development.

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.

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.