Michaelmas Term Opening Hours start on Sunday 3rd October

ClockOn Sunday 3rd October, our Term time opening hours will begin. The library will be open:

Sunday  11:00 – 19:00

Monday – Friday  9:00 – 22:00

Saturday  10:00 – 18:00

We are open to all readers and there is no need book. Just come along with your University or Bodleian Reader card.

Staying safe in our reading rooms

  • We strongly encourage readers to wear face coverings in our library spaces
  • We request that readers scan the NHS Test and Trace QR codes displayed in our spaces
  • We encourage all library users to limit close contact and respect others
  • We maintain an increased level of cleaning in our library

Visit the Bodleian Libraries Service Updates webpage for all the latest information

Our Summer Vacation hours start on Sat 26 June

Our Summer Vacation hours will be starting on Sat 26 June. From then our hours will be:

Sat: 10am- 4pm

Sun: CLOSED

Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 7pm

If you wish to use the library, please book a study space via SpaceFinder. Note that we now accept bookings from Bodleian Reader card holders, as well as Oxford University staff and students.

Our booking time slots are as follows:

Sat – 10.00am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 4pm

Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 1.30pm and 2pm – 7pm

 

Change in SSL Opening Hours from Tuesday 6 April

3 brightly coloured alarm clocks sat on a wooden serviceFollowing our Easter Vacation closure period (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April inclusive), our opening hours will be extended from Monday to Friday. The new opening times are as follows:

Opening Hours (Easter Vacation and Trinity Term) from Tuesday 6 April

  • Monday – Friday  9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday – 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday – 11am – 7pm

Entry to the library is strictly by advanced booking only via the SpaceFinder web tool. All days will be divided into morning and afternoon study sessions.

 

New Extended SSL Opening Hours (Monday 15 March to Thursday 1 April)

An alarm clock sat in a field of daisies.We are pleased to announce that we will be extending our opening hours from Monday 15 March onwards.

Our new opening hours will run until the library closure over Easter (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April inclusive), at which point we will update you of any futher changes.

Opening Hours Monday 15 March – Thursday 1 April

  • Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday – 10am – 6pm (from Saturday 20 March)
  • Sunday – 11am – 7pm (from Sunday 21 March)

Entry to the library is strictly by advanced booking only via the SpaceFinder web tool. All days will be divided into morning and afternoon study sessions.

The Social Science Library reading rooms will reopen on Tuesday 2 February

The Social Science Library reading rooms will re-open to Oxford University staff and students from Tuesday 2 February. Our opening hours will be:

10am to 4pm, Monday – Friday

Entry is strictly by advanced booking only, via the SpaceFinder booking tool. Spaces for Tuesday will be available for booking from 10am, Saturday 30 January.

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.

Changes to SSL Opening Hours: Sat 9 to Sun 17 January

ClockPlease note that during the period Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 January our opening hours will change as follows:

  • Sat 9 Jan: CLOSED
  • Sun 10 Jan: CLOSED
  • Mon 11 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Tues 12 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Wed 13 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Thurs 14 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Fri 15 Jan: 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 16 Jan: CLOSED
  • Sun 17 Jan: CLOSED

Access to the library is strictly by avanced booking only using the SpaceFinder web tool.

Once finalised, we will update you on the opening hours from Mon 18 January onwards.

The SSL is currently open to readers via advanced booking only

Image of a pink alarm clock on a table.

Following the Government’s announcement of Tier 4 restrictions for Oxford, a limited number of Bodleian libraries have re-opened today (including the SSL).

The SSL’s current opening hours are:

  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday-Friday : 9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday : 10am-6pm

Note that entry is strictly by advanced booking only, which can be done via the Space Finder web tool.

For the latest information on which libraries are open and the remote services we provide, please consult the Bodleian Libraries Hilary Term Updates webpage.

 

SSL Christmas Closure Period: Tuesday 22 December to Sunday 3 January (Dates Inclusive)

Festive image of parcels and decorations with Christmas closure period: Tuesday 22 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 (dates inclusive)

We will be closed from Tuesday 22 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 (dates inclusive).

The Library will close at 17:00 on Monday 21 December 2020 and reopen at 9:30 on Monday 4 January 2021.

Please remember that entrance to the library is strictly by advance booking only.

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From Sunday 6 December our Vacation Hours begin

ClockOn Sunday 6 December, our Vacation opening hours will begin. The library will be open:

Sunday  CLOSED

Monday – Friday  9:30 – 19:00

Saturday  10:00 – 18:00

Note there will be reduced hours on Monday 21 December, when the library will be open 9:30 – 17:00.

Access to our library is strictly by advance booking only, to ensure the continued safety of our staff and readers.

To book a desk space please visit our bookings page, select the category of workspace you would like to use and make a booking for the date(s) you wish to visit the library.

On Monday to Fridays there are 2 study sessions:

  • Mornings: 9.30am-1.30pm (readers permitted to stay until 2pm)
  • Afternoons: 2pm-7pm

On Monday 21 December these will be from:

  • Mornings: 9.30am-1.30pm (readers permitted to stay until 2pm)
  • Afternoons: 2pm – 5pm 

Festive image of parcels and decorations with Christmas closure period: Tuesday 22 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 (dates inclusive)