Uninstall of Write N Cite

Java logo in orangeDue to changes in Java’s licensing, the RefWorks plugin Write ‘n’ Cite has to be uninstalled from reader computers in the Bodleian Libraries. This takes effect from Tuesday 16th April 2019 and means that Write ‘n’ Cite will not be available to use on reader computers in the Bodleian Libraries, including the SSL. Please note, this does not affect personal computers; you will still be able to use the Write ‘n’ Cite plugin on your own device.

Write ‘n’ Cite is the plugin used for Word that allows you to input citations directly into your text in your preffered style. You will still be able to access your RefWorks library of citations on library computers but you will not be able to automatically add them to Word documents without the plugin.

If you have any questions about this, please contact reference-management@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Possible internet downtime in the SSL 29 March

On Thursday morning 29 March we will be upgrading some of the equipment that generates the WiFi signal in the SSL. As part of the upgrade the internet will go down for a short period in different sections of the library. The work should not take long and full signal will be re-established by 10.00.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Wired internet will still be available on our library PCs and through ethernet cables which can be borrowed at the issue desk.

Planned Network Downtime

Sick computerThere will be no access to the University’s Network in the Social Science Library on Monday 12th December. This is due to migrating the Bodleian Libraries to  a Network back bone.

The down time is scheduled for:

  • Monday 12 December from 09:30 until 10:45 GMT

During this time there will be no access to library PCs, quick search PCs, the Bodleian Wifi Network, the Eduroam Wifi Network and the PCAS service.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

Updates to Reader PCs from Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 December

Sick computerFrom Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 December, IT Services will be upgrading the Library’s PCs to add a range of new software, including Microsoft Office 2013. A maximum of 25 PCs will be upgraded at any one time during this period; at least 30 PCs will remain available for use at all times.

The installation process takes approximately 1 hour per PC, during which time an “out of use” message will appear on the PC’s monitor. There may be a very small effect on the network performance during this time. IT staff will work sequentially through our PCs but please be prepared to use an alternative PC on request.

UPDATE: Network downtime on Mon 8th Aug now cancelled

UPDATE: The work outline below has now been cancelled. 4/8/16

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The University is currently in the process of upgrading its network infrastructure as part of the Oxford Network Evolution (TONE) project (https://projects.it.ox.ac.uk/tone/).

On Monday 8 August, the Manor Road Building, including the Bodleian Social Science Library and all Departments in the building, will be migrated to the new service, resulting in a short period of network downtime.

There will be no network connection in the whole of the Manor Road Building between 10.30am and 11.45am on Monday 8 August 2016. This includes both Reader PC workstations and wireless (Eduroam/Bodleian-Libraries) internet connections.

Please ensure you save any work prior to this time and avoid planning critical work during this period. Although some local network services may be available during this period, it is best to assume this will not be the case.

Speak to a member of the Social Science Library or Manor Road Building IT Staff for further information or if you have any other questions.

Possible internet problems

wifi-iconOn Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st of March the University will be migrating its internet connection. There will be outages to connectivity to and from the internet (for both wired and wireless users) between 7 and 9 am on those dates.

All efforts are being made to minimise disruption but we recommend that you don’t schedulae any critical work requiring internet access at those times. Outages should be barely noticeable but it will affect all internet services in both directions. For a short period readers may not be able to access SOLO even from off campus.

New software available at SSL

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The reader PCs at the SSL have recently been updated with new ArcGIS 10.2 software. This software aids in the analysis of geospatial data or any statistical information that includes geographical variables such as location, elevation, population density and so on.

The package includes;

  • ArcCatalog 10.2,
  • ArcGlobe 10.2,
  • ArcMap 10.2
  • ArcScene 10.2
  • plus ArcGis for desktop help

These programs can be used to

  • View maps/mapped information as part of analysis
  • Compile geographic data
  • Build and edit maps to help analysis or visualisation
  • Amend properties and fields in geospatial databases and generally manage such information
  • Develop projects that draw on the large user base and functionality this package has built up

It can be used with any geo-spatial data such as the Landscan population database available through SOLO (http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/OXVU1:OXFORDOXF05190)

Pop in to the SSL and try it out.

Improvements to Library Working Space (Sat 18th April)



This Saturday (18th April) we are undertaking some work to tidy the cabling underneath the desks in the library computer area and the seating area on the Manor Road side of the Library. Most of the work will be undertaken while the library is closed, though some will take place during working hours.

Only one desk at a time in each area will be affected, these will be clearly marked.

We are grateful for your patience while this work takes place.