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

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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)

Michaelmas Term Opening Hours from Sunday 11 October

On Sunday 11 October, our Term opening hours will begin. The library will be open:

Sunday  11:00 – 19:00

Monday – Friday  9:30 – 19:00

Saturday  10:00 – 18:00

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.

 

 

SSL Reading Rooms to open from Monday 17 August

From Monday 17 August, readers will be admitted to the Social Science Library to use our study spaces and consult our onsite collections.

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

To book a desk space, including desks with PCs, height-adjustable desks and study carrels, 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.

You can book workspaces from a minimum of one day to a maximum of two weeks in advance.

You will be able to book a whole day (currently 10am-4pm), and can arrive and leave at any point during the day.

After submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information on the new arrangements in place in our libraries. Please read this carefully.

For more information on the re-opening of Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms, please visit: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms.