May Bank Holiday opening

Just to confirm that the library will be open on both Bank Holidays in May, 9am-7pm as usual. Please note however that there will be no deliveries of stack requests from the Bodleian.

WISER: Coming up

WISER: Key Search Tools
Tuesday 5 May 2009, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
This session will give you an overview of the key search tools provided by the Library services including SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries’ Online), OxLIP+ (our gateway to electronic resources) and OU e-Journals.
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Angela Carritt and Kate Petherbridge

WISER: Managing your references.
Friday, 8 May 2009, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for inclusion in your thesis or published work can be a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is well worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of different products, including RefWorks and EndNote.
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Roger Mills and Ljilja Ristic

The full program for the current term is now available for booking at:

Attending these workshops, delivered by subject librarians, will give you an excellent opportunity to gain understanding of the specialist information resources available. These sessions will save you time and make your searches more effective. Please note that individual assistance is also available on request direct from subject librarians. (See Please email if you need more information about the WISER sessions.

Reference section reorganisation

We are embarking on a project to rearrange the ground floor of the library over the next few months, and need your help to finalise what will move where.

Currently the ground floor has reference books in the centre shelves, and bibliographies along the left-hand wall. Once our reorganisation is complete, the centre shelves will contain a smaller and more focused reference section, and the left-hand wall will be used to house post-1920 volumes of the Congressional Record, which are currently in the stack. Guides to microfilm collections held in the library will be shelved separately by the microform cabinets.

The books in the reference and bibliographies sections have been marked with coloured dots on the spines, according to where we suggest they might go in order to make space for the Congressional Record. Please take a look at the collections, and if you disagree with our assessment, mark the dot with a cross. We will then consider those titles more carefully. Please note that we have erred on the side of dotting more books rather than fewer, so not everything dotted will necessarily move!

Dotting guide:

  • Green dots indicate that a book will be moved upstairs to the main collection
  • Yellow dots indicate that a book will be moved to the stack
  • Pink dots indicate a book that will be kept on the ground floor as part of a research enquiry collection
  • No dot means the book will stay as part of the new reference collection.
  • Where all the volumes in a set or on that shelf will be moved together, only the first volume in the set/shelf has been dotted.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please get in touch via any of the usual methods!

Easter closing

The library will be closed Friday 10th – Monday 13th April inclusive for Easter. We will be open 9am-7pm as usual throughout the rest of the vacation.