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

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Welcome to all of our new readers! We’ve put together some tips to help get you started using the Bodleian Libraries.

Take a look at the SSL webpage for all the key information you will need to start using the Bodleian Libraries and our services.

SOLO is the search and discovery tool for the major collections of Oxford University’s libraries (including the SSL). You can find out all about how to use it in our SOLO Subject Guide.

You can also 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.

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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 use the Bodleian Libraries WiFi, password information and 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.

New to the Social Science Library? Come on a library tour

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We are offering 20 minute welcome tours to new undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, in 0th week of Michaelmas term:

  • Wednesday 4 October: 11am, 5pm
  • Thursday 5 October: 11am, 5pm
  • Friday 6 October: 11am, 5pm

No booking is required, so come along to find out how to use our library and get advice from staff.

We look forward to welcoming you!


New to Oxford? Get to know the Bodleian Libraries and how we can help you

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Libraries will play a big part during your time at Oxford, whether providing access to online articles on your reading list or helping you find that elusive book.

Getting to grips with the services we provide and finding your way around buildings and collections, can seem daunting at first. We run Library Welcome Sessions and Tours, to provide you with all the key information you need to know, so you can confidently get down to your studies.

You may also find it useful to watch a short introductory video to the Bodleian Libraries.


Details of your Library Welcome Webinar, where friendly staff will run through how the Bodleian Libraries can help you, are in your student timetable. Links and times for your session will be listed there.

The slides and SOLO handout from the webinar are available on the Bodleian Libraries Getting Started webpage.

You can drop in and attend a 20-minute tour at any of these times; no booking is required:

  • Wednesday 5 October: 11am, 3pm
  • Thursday 6 October: 11am, 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday 7 October: 11am, 5pm


Your Library Welcome sessions are in person and you will have been given details of them by your Department. In most cases, your Library tours will be just after or just before your Welcome session.

If you miss your Library Welcome Session

Further information on getting started in the Bodleian Libraries can be found on a dedicated webpage. You can also speak to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help you.