Spring book display

Make the most of the spring weather by heading outside into nature.

We’ve collected a selection of seasonal titles that celebrate the wonder of walking in nature.

Learn about the benefits of forest-bathing with Walking in the woods or find out what’s hiding in the bushes with A natural history of the hedgerow. There’s Oxford’s hidden walls to guide you on lunchtime walks, or maybe you’d like to learn more about why trees make us happy?

We’ve also made available a guide to quick walks near the library so you can pop out in your lunch break.

You can find the pop-up display around the corner from the issue desk.

If there is a spring title that you think should be added to the display let us know by emailing ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Women’s History Month

A book display of nine books arranged around a sign for Women's History MonthWomen’s History Month runs from the 1st-31st March and is a celebration of phenomenal women throughout history.

To celebrate the Social Science Library has curated a pop-up book display.
We’ve chosen books that are either by, or about, women who have influenced how we see the world through their work.

A selection from the display

The front cover of Sister outsider by Audre Lorde


Sister outsider : essays and speeches
Aurdre Lorde





The front cover of Frida Kahlo by Francisco De La Mora


Frida Kahlo : her life, her work, her home
Francisco De La Mora




The front cover of It's a Don's life by Mary Beard


It’s a don’s life
Mary Beard





The front cover of Come tell me how you live by Agatha Christie Mallowan

Come, tell me how you live
Agatha Christie Mallowan






The front cover of of Undreamed shores by Frances Larson


Undreamed shores : the hidden heroines of British anthropology
Frances Larson





The Bodleian’s collection is full of Women’s history but if you think there is something missing or if you have a suggestion for our display please let us know at ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

World Book Day 2024

We’re celebrating World Book Day at the Social Science Library by highlighting the value of reading for pleasure.

As well as being a way of travelling through time, space, and perspectives, reading for pleasure has been proved to be a highly important factor in future academic success and mental health

We’ve curated a selection of past Booker, and International Booker, prize winners to provide a taste of some to the titles that are held by the Bodleian.

These are just some of the books on display around the corner from the issue desk.

If you’re inspired to read more you can find loanable fiction at your college library, and of course it is free to join the Oxfordshire County Library Service.









Green Action Week (19 to 23 February) Pop-up Book Display

The SSL are proud to support Green Action Week!

This week (19 to 23 March) the University’s Environmental Sustainability team is hosting the 2024 Green Action Week – a week full of exciting events that empower and celebrate environmental action.

The week aims to enhance networking and exchange of ideas, engage students and staff with research, promote environmental action, raise awareness, encourage wellbeing and celebrate with colleagues.

Green Action Week offers a full and exciting programme of environmental events and opportunities delivered by over 30 partners across the University. From departments and colleges to SU, students’ societies, volunteer groups and suppliers.

Want some tips on how to be Green?

Take a look at our pop-up book display around the corner from our Issue Desk.

Here are a few of the titles on display:

Go lightly : how to travel without hurting the planet / Nina Karnikowski. 2021






Things you can do : how to fight climate change and reduce waste / Eduardo Garcia. 2022




Living plantfully : your guide to growing, cooking and living a healthy, happy & sustainable plant-based lifeLindsey Harrad. 2022



Further reading from our collection:

No one is too small to make a difference / Greta Thunberg.  2019.  SSL shelfmark: GE195.7.THU 2019



How bad are bananas? : the carbon footprint of everything / Mike Berners-Lee. 2010.  SSL shelfmark: GE196.BER 2010



Less is more : how degrowth will save the world / Jason Hickel.  2020.  SSL shelfmark: HC79.E5.HIC 2020



Wilding : the return of nature to a British farm / Isabella Tree.  2019.  SSL shelfmark: QL83.4.TRE 2019



LGBT+ History Month

The whole month of February is LGBT+ History Month and this year’s theme is Medicine -#UnderTheScope

A pop up book display has been set -up which aims to highlight some of the titles that are already in the Social Science Library’s collection. All of the books are borrowable!

Seven books on the subject of LGBT plus history are arranged around a LGBT plus history month poster.

Some highlights from the display:


The end of innocence by Simon Garfield 

A neon green book cover with black text that reads The end of innocence; Britain in the time of Aids  

A re-issue of the original 1994 text investigating the AIDS crisis in Britain. This edition features both a brand new foreword by Russel T Davies, creator of the renowned series It’s a sin, and a new afterword by the author which explores what has changed since the book was originally published.



Bi: the hidden culture, history and science of bisexuality by Julia Shaw

A book cover on which two pink and blue circles intersect with the word Bi in the middle


Bisexuality, the world’s largest sexual minority, is explored in this book by psychological scientist Dr Julia Shaw.

This book is also available online




Before we were trans; a new history of gender by Kit Heyam

A book cover with an black and white photo of gender fluid individuals.


Kit Heyam provides a broad view of the history of gender fluidity with examples from around the world that go beyond the gender binary.





As well as the resources held by the Social Science Library there are wider Bodleian LGBT+ resources such as this Reading List which is regularly updated.

If you feel that there is a LGBT+ History Month title we should hold at the Social Science Library you can let us know by emailing ssl-orders@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or via the Bodleian’s Recommend a purchase page.

Learn more about LGBT+ History Month via their website