Social Science Library closed to readers from Mon 18 January

The Social Science Library will be closed to readers from Monday 18 January until further notice. Our Click and Collect and Book Returns services will operate from the library foyer 12-4 pm Monday-Friday, and our ‘Scan and Deliver’ service will continue to provide additional remote access to our resources.

A decision has been made to rebalance Bodleian Libraries’ services further, and to focus physical reading room provision on the Old Bodleian Library and Cairns Library (John Radcliffe Hospital). The Sackler Library, Social Science Library and Vere Harmsworth Library reading rooms will be closed from Monday 18 January until further notice. This decision was not taken lightly, and will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with the prevailing academic and public health conditions.

Please visit the Bodleian Libraries Hilary Term Updates page for the latest information on library service provision.

Online Resources: Frequently Asked Questions Web Page

Do you have any questions regarding access to online resources or library services during the Bodleian Libraries current closure? Consult the new Online Resources FAQs web page to find answers to your questions and all the latest information.

If you have any queries not covered by the FAQs, please email us with your query and we will do our best to advise and assist you.

Easter Weekend: Library Virtual Service Closed


The Social Science Library is currently operating a virtual library service while the physical library is closed, answering enquiries and adding to our range of electronic services and collections.

However, over the Easter weekend (Friday 10 April – Monday 13 April), the library’s virtual service will be “closed” and will re-open again on Tuesday 14 April at 9am. We will aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible after this.