New service for online resources: Databases A-Z

As of Tuesday 26 June, the OxLIP+ service has been replaced with a new platform: Databases A-Z.

The new service preserves the primary features of OxLIP+: a searchable platform for bibliographic and reference databases provided by Bodleian Libraries for the University of Oxford, with filters for specific subject disciplines and database types.

OU e-Journals is also now available as a separate service: e-Journals A-Z.

These databases and e-journals are also listed in SOLO.

Temporary disruption to PCAS print defaults on Library computers (Mon 25th June onwards)

The upgrade of our library computers to the Windows 10 operating system (taking place on Mon 25th and Tues 26th June) will affect their default print settings. Rather than black & white and double-sided, the default settings will be:

  • Colour
  • Single-sided

To offset the disruption, colour printing will be charged as black & white until a fix is provided. Prices for PCAS printing can be found here.

A guide can also be viewed here.

The default settings for printing from your laptop or other device via RemotePrint will remain unchanged, only printing from library computers is affected.

Please ask staff if you need any help with changing the settings and we apologise for the disruption to the standard service.


Take a look at our New Books web page to see titles added to stock in May

Take a look at our New Books web page to view the list of print and e-book titles that we added to stock in May.

The list is divided according to the subject indicated by the classification of the book.

Here are just a few of our recent purchases:


To discover which shelfmarks are appropriate for your research and teaching interests, please see our subject browsing guide


The New Books web page also showcases one of our Subject Librarian’s choices for the SSL Book of the Month.

Manor Road Building Lighting Replacement Project

A long-term project is underway to replace all lights in the Manor Road Building.
New light fittings have been installed in many parts of the Library already, including some staff offices and most of the reader spaces in the South part of the Library.

The following rooms will be closed for short periods in the coming weeks for the new fittings to be installed in each.
All closures are shown at the calendar pages for each room accessed via 
• Small Discussion Room: Monday 2 – Friday 6 July
• Large Discussion Room: Monday 9 – Friday 13 July
• Information Skills Training Room: Monday 16 – Friday 20 July
• Q-Step teaching lab: Monday 23 July – Friday 3 August

Other lights in the North Area of the Library will be replaced gradually throughout the summer outside Library opening hours.

The new lights are much more efficient than the previous fittings and are creating great energy savings for the building.

If you have any feedback, please contact us at

Take the SSL on Holiday

Vacation loans started during 8th week of Trinity term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 9th October (1st week of Michaelmas 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.


Library PC upgrade: 25th to 26th June

Main Library PC AreaOn Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June, all the Social Science Library computers will be upgraded to the Windows 10 Operating System.

Some computers will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade period. Readers will be able to use computers in the Information Skills Training Room while those in the main Library PC area are upgraded.

All software currently available on library computers will continue to be available after the upgrade.

This week is Open Access Oxford Week (11th to 15th June): Events and booking information

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events

This week is (11-15 June) is Open Access Oxford Week, which will round off the summer term with daily events across the university. It will be a chance to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. There will be a mix of local and visiting speakers, including representatives from Research England, the National Institute for Health Research, JISC, Altmetric and the creators of ‘author copyright’ game The Publishing Trap.

There will also be a social science-focused day (but of interest to all disciplines) on Thursday 14 June entitled ‘Publishers, papers and peer review’, led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education) and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN.

Further information on the sessions and how to book can be found here.

Vacation Loans start in 8th Week: Sun 10th June for Normal Loans and Thurs 14th June 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 (10th June) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (14th June).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Michaelmas Term (9th October)

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.