Maintenance work taking place in our main computer area (Mon 6 to Fri 10 Aug)

In the week Monday 6 August – Friday 10 August, there will be some maintenance work taking place, during Library opening hours, on the fire dampers under the floor in our main computer area.

Main Library PC Area

All the computers in this area (including Bloomberg, Eikon and other computers in our Data Area) will be unavailable during this period. You can instead use the computers in our Information Skills Training Room. Library staff will be happy to direct you to this area of follow the directional signage which will be placed near to the PCs.

The works are expected to include some drilling on both sides of the wall next to the computers, so this area may be noisy during this time. For those studying in the seating area adjacent to our main computer area, you may wish to move to the study spaces at the east side of our library.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



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.

Capital IQ

Capital IQ combines information on companies, markets, and people worldwide with tools for analysis, financial modelling, market analysis, screening, targeting, and relationship and workflow management.

As it is focussed on Business and Management, it is particularly useful for Economics and Management students and those researching financial sytems and data.

It is available through SOLO and OxLip+, University members can log in to Capital IQ on the PCs in the SSL Data Area. Just ask library staff at the issue desk to log you in.

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Alternatively, University staff and students can request their own individual login by emailing the Sainsbury Library directly.  This login can be used outside of the library.

Introducing our new financial markets intelligence database: Eikon

We are pleased to announce that the SSL now has access to Eikon.

Eikon is a financial market intelligence database that replaces Thomson Reuters previous products ‘Datastream’ and ‘Thomson One’.


Eikon provides information on markets, indices, company and economic information and historical financial data. It provides access to trusted, up to the minute and accurate content from more than 5 million securities world-wide. Coverage includes Pricing Data, Research, Fundamentals, Financial Estimates, News and Charts.


  • Eikon has to be used on a single designated terminal in the Data Area of our Library.
  • It is available for use by current University of Oxford members only.
  • For access to Eikon, talk to a member of staff at our Issue Desk.

For further information, user guides and training materials see here.

Find out more about the other software available in our Data Area here.


Data Area

Sick computerThe specialist software on the Data Area PCs in the Social Science Library will be unavailable until Friday 9 December. This is due to upgrades to our reader pcs.

The following software will be unavailable:

  • Bloomberg
  • Datastream
  • SPSS
  • NVivo
  • Government Finance Statistics CD-ROMs (the online database will still work).

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Access specialised software in our new Data Area

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To support social scientists and others who are required to gather and handle data, the SSL has created a Data Area. This provides access to PCs that have specialised and restricted licence data software installed.

Data 1

A map (184 KB pdf) of the data area is available on the SSL website along with information about the different software available which include: Bloomberg Professional, DataStream, NVivo, SPSS and ArcGIS.

The Data Area page of the website also includes access information and restrictions and basic guides on how to use the software, physical copies of which are available in the Data Area. More information about data resources is available through the Bodleian Data Library website.