Take the SSL home with you

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Our books (both normal and short loan) are currently being issued over the vacation. All are due back on Tuesday 11 October 2022 (1st Week of Michaelmas Term). However, if you have any books out on loan that you no longer need, please do return them to us before you leave.

If you are an Oxford University student and need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Open laptop with an open book on it.Remote access via SOLO

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries SOLO Guide for further information.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online articles and e-books can be accessed there.

Staff member scanning a book on our scanner.Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver is a free electronic document delivery service which enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles via email from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections.

Note that it won’t be possible to place Scan & Deliver requests using SOLO from 16-23 August. This is while we move to a new library system behind the scenes, so we advise placing your requests either before 16 August or after 24 August.

Open laptop on a desk with the words Further Information on itFor more details on the above, and to find out about further resources available remotely, consult the Bodleian Libraries Online and Remote Access webpage.

August Bank Holiday Closure Period

The SSL will be closed over the August Bank Holiday period as follows:

  • Saturday 27 August – CLOSED
  • Sunday 28 August – CLOSED
  • Monday 29 August – CLOSED

We will re-open on Tuesday 30 August from 9am to 7pm. See the SSL homepage for our full opening hours.

We look forward to seeing you at the start of Michaelmas Term. Enjoy your Summer break!

 

Take the SSL home with you: ways to access library materials remotely

A house with 2 trees next to it in a snowy landscape. Above the house are written the words Take the SSL home with youOur books (both normal and short loan) are currently being issued over the vacation. All are due back on Tuesday 18 January 2022. However, if you have any books out on loan that you no longer need, please do return them to us before you leave.

If you are an Oxford University student and need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Open laptop with an open book on it.Remote access via SOLO

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries SOLO Guide for further information.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Most postgraduate reading lists are available on ORLO and scans, online articles and e-books can be accessed there.

Staff member scanning a book on our scanner.

Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver is a free electronic document delivery service which enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles via email from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections.

Note that this service will unavailable between 22 December to the 3 January (dates inclusive).

Open laptop on a desk with the words Further Information on it

For more details on the above, and to find out about further resources available remotely, consult the Bodleian Libraries Online and Remote Access webpage.

 

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The SSL will be closed over the Christmas period from Friday 24 December to Monday 3 January (these dates are inclusive).

Welcome to all our new readers: Here are some tips to help get you started

2 Library staff standing in the SSL entrance area in front of a noticeboard saying New to the SSL? Here are some tips to help get you started.

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Take a look at the SSL webpage for all the key information you will need to get started using the Bodleian Libraries.

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Get assistance with using SOLO via the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service. During staffed hours (see above) just type your query into the Live Chat box to the right of the screen and a staff member will reply.

Image with the words SOLO TOP Tips.

You may also find the SOLO Top Tips video tutorial useful to view (click image above).

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Visit the Subject and Research Guides website for an array of how to guides on key library services such as how to print, copy and scan (PCAS). There is also information on online training courses you may find useful to attend (Bodleian iSkills)

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Still have questions? Need some help? Talk to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Speak to us in person at our Issue Desk or you can contact us via phone (01865 2-71093) or via email.

HathiTrust emergency temporary access to eBooks reinstated

A close of up of a womans hands holding a tablet with an image of book shelves on it, in the background are books on shelves.We are pleased to announce that the Bodleian Libraries have reinstated their emergency access arrangement with the HathiTrust.

This service enables on-screen read access to 1.5 million in-copyright items in the HathiTrust Digital Library, which have been verified as held in the Bodleian’s collection in ph­­ysical form (in addition to approx. 4 million public domain items already available).

This service is available for Oxford University members only.

You can access resources directly using your SSO on the HathiTrust website:

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You can also access material using the links from existing records in SOLO, where a digital copy is available via HathiTrust (as per example below).

Image of the book 'Mastering Metrics' by Joshua David record on SOLO showing a orange icon underneath with the words 'Full Text via HathitTrust'

Keep up to date with the news: how to access our newspaper collections online

Want to keep up to date with world events? Want to do some research using past newspaper content? You can do both by accessing our extensive collection of online newspapers. Individual titles are accessible via SOLO and can be accessed remotely with a SSO (Single Sign On). An example of just some of the holdings in our collection can be viewed below:

Financial Times 1888 – 2016

Guardian 1821 – 2003

Observer 1791 – 2003

New York Times 1851 – 2015

Times 1785 – 2014

Note that these historical archives of the titles listed above, do not show the latest issues. To view more recent content, many newspapers are available to be browsed via the following databases:

Factiva

Largely for contemporary newspapers (1980s-). Provides essential news for the UK, America and Europe with a collection of more than 10,000 authoritative sources includes thousands of current newspapers. Excellent for national but also local, regional newspapers and specialist or professional news. There is much overlap with Nexis UK, (see below) so if you can’t find a newspaper in Factiva, then try there instead.

Nexis UK

Largely for contemporary newspapers (1980s-). Vast database that provides access to over 20,000 news sources from all over the world. Particularly excellent for UK, North American and much of Europe. Its coverage is largely current and recent, but does go back 20 years in some cases. For UK newspapers, generally covers broadsheets from 1980s and tabloids and local/ regional newspapers from more recently.

Further information about the Bodleian Libraries’ newspaper collections is available here.

Questions about library services or resources: Use the Live Chat service

Do you have questions about our library services or resources? Do you need assistance with tracking down materials you can access remotely? Use the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service, available via SOLO, LibGuides or Bodleian Libraries contact pages. It is currently expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am-7pm on weekdays and 10am-7pm on weekends. 70 library staff are keeping the service going remotely and staff Live Chat in 1 hour sessions. To give you an idea of how popular it is, between 17 March (when it was announced that we were to close) and the 5 April, 425 enquiries have been answered.  So any questions, just ask us.

 

Introducing BrowZine: easy access to journal article PDFs

We are pleased to announce an enhancement to SOLO which improves access to PDFs of journal articles.

BrowZine gives you seamless access to online journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website or app. Coverage is from 2005 onwards.

Via SOLO BrowZine seamlessly directs you straight to the article you want to view. You can then select ‘Download PDF’.

The BrowZine platform also easily allows you to browse journal contents by selecting ‘View Journal Contents’ (see image above). If you have not already done so, you will be asked to sign in with your SSO (Single Sign On).

You will also find in SOLO many electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) articles which now have links directing you to download the subscription copy instead of the more restricted eLD copy.

To search for articles and browse journal contents via the BrowZine website, select your institution (Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford)) and you will then be prompted to sign in with your Single Sign On. Setting up a BrowZine personal account also gives you access to additional features:

  • You can save full text articles to a personal library
  • You can create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals
  • You can save article citations to Mendeley, EndNote and other reference management software
  • You can share article citations via LinkedIn, e-mail, Twitter or Facebook
  • You can be alerted to new issues of journals

Click the image below to access 2 video tutorials to help you get started using BrowZine.

Further information can be found on the new BrowZine LibGuide or contact us if you require assistance.

Ways you can contact us for assistance

The Social Science Library may be physically closed but you can still get in touch with us.

As our staff are primarily working from home, please contact us by email in preference to telephone if possible.

If you are only able to contact us by phone, leave a voicemail message at +44 (0)1865 271093. Staff are checking messages regularly and will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

To contact a specific member of staff (such as your Subject Consultant), see our full staff contact list here.

You can also contact us via our social media channels, through Facebook and Twitter.

Need assistance with locating an item or eResource on our catalogue?

Use the Live Chat functionality within SOLO to talk to a staff member. The service has been expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am–7pm on weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends.

Staff can assist with finding library materials and resources and advise what to do if you can’t find an item you can access remotely.

 

Take the SSL on Holiday: ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Hilary term. Books (both normal and short loan) will be due back on Tuesday 28 April (1st week of Trinity Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSL eReadings provides scans of selected articles and book chapters on reading lists we support that are not available in e-books or e-journals. SSL eReadings is hosted on WebLearn, log in with your Single Sign On (SSO)

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Further information can be found here.

We will be closed from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April 2020 (dates inclusive).

The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 14 April.

 

Take the SSL on Holiday : ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Michaelmas term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 21 January (1st week of Hilary Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSL eReadings provides scans of selected articles and book chapters on reading lists we support that are not available in e-books or e-journals. SSL eReadings is hosted on WebLearn, log in with your Single Sign On (SSO)

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Further information can be found here.

We will be closed from Tuesday 24 December to Wednesday 1 January (dates inclusive).

(The library will close at 5pm on Monday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2 January)