Changes to photocopying and printing coming soon

OULS photocopying and printing facilities will soon be changing. In January new services such as scan to email will be available and the way you pay will also be changing. We suggest you do not put too much credit on existing photocopy cards this term, and if you need to buy a new one, please note these now only cost 50p for the initial credit (ie, there is no longer any charge on the card itself).

Keep an eye out for new information over the next few months that will explain the changes in more detail!

New photocopier

Our photocopier is due to be replaced with a new one at some point tomorrow. We hope that the replacement will be quick, but there may be a short period when copying will not be possible as they take the old one out and get the new one set up.

US genealogical research: Social Security Death Index 1937- available

For those interested in genealogical research in the US, (working in co-operation with NARA) has made freely available a database of over 80 million profile pages of people found in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). You can access:

  • Deceased individuals with social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (1937- current)
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Last known residence
  • Member-added information, like maps, pictures, documents, sources, facts and more

It is updated weekly. To access it directly, go to

REMINDER: OLIS unavailable this weekend

A reminder that OLIS will be unavailable from 5pm tonight for up to two days while essential server maintenance is carried out. SOLO will remain available throughout, but it will not be possible to check library holdings, place stack requests, or renew or reserve books during this time.

OLIS unavailable: 18-20 September

News from OULS:

OLIS (, Oxford University’s online library catalogue, will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 18 September – Sunday 20 September inclusive (estimated timing) while the server is fitted with a new and faster disk array.

SOLO ( will be available throughout. Please note however that it will not be possible to check library holdings, place stack requests or reservations or to access patron records during the downtime.

Where libraries use self-issue systems, these will also be unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential upgrade.