Last SSL Stack Request delivery before the Christmas Vacation


The last stack request delivery to the SSL before our Christmas closure period (Sat 23rd Dec to Mon 1st Jan) (dates inclusive)) will be on the morning of Thursday 21st December. Readers who wish to receive items in that last delivery must place their order on SOLO no later than 7.20pm on Wednesday 20th December.

The first delivery of the New Year will take place on the morning we re-open, Tuesday 2nd January. 

Items ordered over the library closure period will be delivered on Tuesday 2nd January or shortly afterwards.



SSL Vacation Opening Hours and Christmas Closure Period


After Saturday 9th December vacation opening hours begin:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: CLOSED








We will be closed from Saturday 23rd December 2017 – Monday 1st January 2018 (dates inclusive).

(The library will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January)

December Book of the Month

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Disability and social change: private lives and public policies

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley

Policy Press, 2011

Shelfmark: HV1559.G7.SHA 2011 





The Book of the Month for December has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy and Intervention. It was chosen because of the way it eschews individual anecdotal approaches in favour of systematic surveying and interviewing of a large research cohort. It was also selected to tie in with Disability History Month (22nd November – 22nd December).


Book Overview

This book combines critical policy analysis and detailed life story interviews to provide a socio-historical account of the changing treatment of disabled people in Britain from the 1940s to the present day. Topics include; family and friendship; medicalisation and de-medicalisation; becoming ‘disabled’; and education.

It asks whether life has really changed for disabled people and shows the value of using biographical research methods in new and critical ways to understand social and historical change over time


‘One of the best offerings in this field.’

Journal of Social Policy


‘A fascinating study in which more conventional histories of post-war disability are
challenged through the skilful use of life stories.’

Anne Borsay, Professor of Healthcare & Medical Humanities, University of Swansea


Where can I find it?

We have one library use only copy of the title in stock. It is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). The shelfmark for the title is HV1559.G7.SHA 2011

In addition it is available as an eBook. This material can be accessed via SOLO (log in with your SSO if accessing externally). More information can be found here. We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Sustainable library books at the SSL

In summer 2017, the Social Science Library conducted a survey of its new purchases to investigate the sustainability practices and commitments of the publishers who supply our broad intake of new books.

We had previously acknowledged “Resource use (paper, energy, ink) in printing and delivering books and journals acquired for the library” as one of the Library’s most significant environmental impacts.

As it is our key responsibility as a Library to provide reading materials in support of world-class teaching and research, our purchasing decisions are driven entirely by academic criteria. However, we were interested to explore the sustainability credentials of the publishers of the books we buy, and celebrate the examples of good practice we found.

During the survey we examined the new print books delivered to the library, looking for statements of responsible sourcing of materials and other sustainability policies within the books themselves. We also looked for this information on the websites of the publishers of the books we had received.

We received 65 new printed books during the period of the survey, from 29 different publishers. The library also purchased 6 multi-user e-books during the same period.

12 of the new printed books contained notes in the publication information given within the book to indicate some degree of sustainability practice in the publishing process, for example:

“This book is printed on paper suitable for recycling and made from fully managed and sustained forest sources. Logging, pulping and manufacturing processes are expected to conform to the environmental regulations of the country of origin.”

  • Note in book published by Palgrave Macmillan

8 of the new books were marked with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) [] logo, certifying that the materials used to make the book are sourced responsibly, comprising material originating from FSC certified forests, as well as recycled or reclaimed materials.

A further 14 of the books contained a statement that they had been printed on acid-free or alkaline paper, or that the production process met national or international standards of Permanence of Paper [] which indicates that under normal circumstances the paper should survive for several hundred years.

We found other statements and commitments to sustainable practice on our book suppliers’ websites. Here are some examples:

Free access to The Economist

Circle of a selection of copies of the Economist from 2017The Economist, the popular newspaper, is known for its opinions and analysis of international news, business, finance and politics. This popular publication is now available for free online through the Bodleian Libraries.

Follow the link in SOLO and you can view all issues from the original in 1843 to the latest 2017 issues. The link will also work outside the Bodleian Libraries, so you can access it from home or on the move.

Whether you’re a researcher or an undergraduate this resource will be useful to you.

Take the SSL on Holiday

Do you need access to library resources while you are away from Oxford this vacation?

Follow our tips below:

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Michaelmas term. For standard loans this will begin on Sunday 26th November and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday 30th November. Books will be due back on Tuesday 16th January (1st week of Hilary Term).

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO or OxLIP+ 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.

Unable to find a book or journal article in Oxford? Try our new online Inter-Library Request Form

Bodleian Libraries has launched a new online Inter-Library (ILL) Request Form. If you need to access a book or a journal article that is not held by any library within the University of Oxford, we will usually be able to get it for you on ILL. When you submit a request through the online form, the ILL team based in the Old Bodleian Library will search through online catalogues (Copac, for example) to find a library that holds the material you need. They apply to the British Library (BL) in the first instance, and if the BL can’t supply the item the ILL team will send the request to other UK libraries. If no library in the UK holds the material, the team will look internationally.

The form is easy to use – just log in using your Single Sign-On (for members of the university) or your Bodleian Libraries login details (for non-members) and enter the details of your request and of your PCAS account. The ILL team will get in touch with you to confirm that they have submitted your request or to ask you any questions they have about it. You can ask for material to be delivered to several of the Bodleian Libraries, including the SSL, for you to consult.

For more information on Bodleian Libraries’ ILL service, see

You can get in touch with the ILL team at, and you can send any SSL-specific ILL questions to

New politics e-journals

Cover for the summer 2017 issue of JacobinTwo new e-journals have been purchased for our readers, which may be of particular interest to those studying politics, economics or USA Domestic policy. Both are now available on SOLO. The SSL will also receive the print version and the most recent issues will go on the current journals display shelves when they arrive.

Jacobin – described by the publisher as “a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture” and described by Noam Chomsky as “.. a bright light in dark times. Each issue brings penetrating, lively discussions and analyses of matters of real significance, from a thoughtful left perspective that is refreshing and all too rare.”

Catalyst – a sister title to Jacobin, and according to the publisher “Our focus is, as our title suggests, to develop a theory and strategy with capitalism as its target — both in the North and in the Global South.”

Disability History Month (22nd Nov to 22nd Dec) Take a look at our Book Display

To mark Disability History Month (22nd Nov – 22nd Dec) we’ve created a display of titles from our collection that explore the theme of disability. You can find the display around the corner from our issue desk.

A list of the titles on display, as well as other titles in our collection on this subject, can be found here. Click on the titles in the document to view shelfmark information.

The official theme for 2017’s UK Disability History Month is Disability & Art.

The idea is to examine artists who have been disabled, artists who have featured disabled people through a social model lens but also to understand the attitudes existing at different times over history towards disabled people through their portrayal in art.


Vacation loans start in 8th Week (Sun 26th Nov for Standard Loans and Thurs 30th Nov for Short Loans)

The end of term is fast approaching and that means vacation borrowing is about to start.

For standard loans this will begin on Sunday of 8th Week (26th November) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (30th November).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Hilary Term (16th January)

The total number of books you can borrow remains the same.

Please note that journals, statistical series and ‘Confined’ books remain for library use only during the vacations.