Feeling lost in the Library? Look out for our maps, guides and signs

If you are struggling to find a book, room or service in the Social Science Library, look out for these sources of help:

Library map – consult the large map in the Library entrance area or pick up a map from the Issue Desk to use in the library.  You will also find the map on the ends of the shelves in the main aisle of the library and as a PDF on our website.

Signs – look out for these signs to point you to the different rooms in the library.

Plan of the bookshelves – use this to find the general location of your book (and see how far you need to walk…)

Stack end signs – these tell you the range of shelfmarks on that side of the shelves.

How to…Understand shelfmarks poster – if you have ever wondered what the letters and numbers in the shelfmark of your book actually mean, then take a look at this poster.  It also explains how books are ordered on the shelf, eg the first line of numbers are whole numbers and so the order is 1, 2, 10, 15, 150, 1200 …

Library staff – we are always happy to help.  You can find us at the Issue Desk, or out and about in the library replacing books on the shelves.

 

 

 

 

Infrequent noise disturbance from 20 August to 10 September 2019

There may be some infrequent drilling noise audible within the Library from 20 August to 10 September 2019.  This is due to lighting replacement work taking place on the upper floors of the Manor Road Building.

Most of the drilling will be completed by 9.00am each day.

Please ask staff for advice on the quietest spaces to work in the Library during this time.

Entry gate upgrade on Monday 15 July

On Monday 15 July, the Social Science Library’s entry gate will be converted from a swipe-based access control system to a card proximity reader, using the SALTO system also used in many other buildings across the University.

The library’s accessible entrance, currently operated using electronic tags issued to specific users, will also be converted to SALTO at the same time.

While the work takes place, please show your University/Bodleian Libraries card to staff in order to enter the library.

When the work is complete, simply hold your card over the new card reader, the light will turn green and the entry gate will open.

Entry gate upgrade on Monday 24 June

On Monday 24 June, the Social Science Library’s entry gate will be converted from a swipe-based access control system to a card proximity reader, using the SALTO system also used in many other buildings across the University.

The library’s accessible entrance, currently operated using electronic tags issued to specific users, will also be converted to SALTO at the same time.

While the work takes place, please show your University/Bodleian Libraries card to staff in order to enter the library.

When the work is complete, simply hold your card over the new card reader, the light will turn green and the entry gate will open.

Online journals now displayed alongside our latest print journals

We have redesigned our Current Journals Display, located in the main aisle of the library – not only is it more colourful but we have also added a selection of our online journals.

Open Access journals are clearly identifiable and popular weeklies received in print (New Statesman, The Economist) are easy to find.

Our Current Journals Display provides a flavour of the titles received across the subject areas supported by the Social Science Library.  To check if we subscribe to a particular journal please search SOLO.

If there is a journal title that you would like to see on our Current Journals Display, or that you would like us to subscribe to, please tell us.

Think green: simple things you can do to help save energy in the SSL

Pull the plug on climate change imageLighting the library and running equipment such as PCs, photocopiers and laptops are two of the SSL’s most significant environmental impacts due to carbon dioxide emissions resulting from electricity generation.

We are currently reducing the environmental impact of our lighting by replacing all the ceiling lights with energy efficient LED lights.  This is part of a University of Oxford Estates Services project to improve lighting efficiency throughout the Manor Road Building.  Around 1,100 lights have been replaced in the building so far out of about 4,000.  The new LED lights use less than half the electricity of the old fluorescent lights and we estimate that this is currently saving 40,700 watts.  This equates to switching off 626 of the old lights.  Further energy savings are being achieved by new motion sensors in library study areas which automatically turn off the lights when no readers are present.

We have also taken many steps to reduce the impact of electrical equipment in the library, such as programming the photocopiers to sleep after a few minutes of inactivity and turning some equipment off during periods of low demand, but we need your help to do more!

Here are seven simple things you can do to help save energy in the SSL:

  1. Switch off laptops and mobile devices when not in use – easy and effective!
  2. Enable power saving settings on your laptop – do this once and then forget about it!
  3. Turn off your device’s Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth when not in use – this will also make your battery last longer between charges.
  4. Reduce the screen brightness on your mobile phone & laptop – another great battery saving tip.
  5. Unplug any USB devices from your laptop, eg external hard drives, when they are not needed – these can still draw power when not in use.
  6. Switch off the Reader PC monitors after use – library staff are now in the habit of turning off their monitors when they leave their desks – if we can do it, so can you!
  7. Turn off the lights in the Discussion Rooms, Information Skills Training Room and Q-Step Centre Teaching Lab when you leave – yes, you are allowed to turn off these lights and we would love you to do so!

These may seem like small actions, but collectively they can add up to make a big difference.  Thank you for your help in greening the SSL and please do tell us your top energy-saving tips.

New LED lights

New energy efficient LED lights in the Social Science Library

For further tips, a fun way to test your climate change knowledge, and a chance to win 50 tubs of ice cream for your college, try the NUS/University of Oxford Student Switch Off Climate Change Quiz which we are proud to support.

See the Greening the SSL web pages to find out more about what we have been doing to improve the library’s environmental sustainability.

To learn more about the University’s work on energy saving and carbon management see the annual Environmental Sustainability Reports.

New resource: Brookings Internally Displaced Persons Archive

We are pleased to announce that the Brookings Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Archive can now be consulted by readers in the Weston Library.  The Bodleian Libraries acquired the Brookings IDP archive in 2017, in close collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).  Cataloguing was generously funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.  The archive, covering the period 1983-2012, includes papers relating to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which were launched in 1998.

The most recent issue (59) of Forced Migration Review (FMR), available online and in print in the SSL, marks the 20th anniversary of these Guiding Principles and focusses on both their successes and limitations.

The Brookings IDP archive also includes papers and audio-visual material relating to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General (RSG) on internally displaced persons, covering the RSG’s interactions with individual countries, and the RSG’s relationship with the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.

The archive, which complements the unique refugee-related collections held in the SSL, can be searched via the catalogue and the documents consulted in the Weston Library.

Library PC upgrade: 25th to 26th June

Main Library PC AreaOn Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June, all the Social Science Library computers will be upgraded to the Windows 10 Operating System.

Some computers will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade period. Readers will be able to use computers in the Information Skills Training Room while those in the main Library PC area are upgraded.

All software currently available on library computers will continue to be available after the upgrade.

Submit your book recommendations to us by Friday 15 June

Row of booksAre there any books you would like us to order for the library?

Friday 15 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 2018 onwards.