New term news round-up

Welcome back to those returning after the summer, and a warm welcome too to new students!  Our term time hours start today (Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm), and we look forward to seeing you all in the library soon.

Here’s a round-up of various bits of news from over the summer that you may have missed:

New electronic resources
We have been able to acquire (or contribute to the acquisition of) four major new electronic resources for US studies this summer, as follows:

All are now available through SOLO/OxLIP+ and listed in our online guide. Click on the links above for more information.

Improvements to SOLO: clustering, display of locations
Various changes were implemented to SOLO over the summer, as follows:

Click on the links above to learn more. 

History Faculty Library move
The move of the History Faculty Library to the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link took place as planned over the summer vacation. The old HFL on the corner of Catte St and Holywell St has now closed. All the details, including information on where and how to access HFL books now, can be found on the HFL website and blog. HFL staff are also offering tours throughout 0th and 1st weeks for returning tutors and students.

Less directly relevant to VHL readers, the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library has also moved this summer, and is now open in its new location in the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Woodstock Road.

Annual ILL price rise
Charges for inter-library loans increased by 25p per request on 1st August.

RAI Elections 2012 blog
If you are avidly following the US elections, you may be interested to know that the Rothermere American Institute has launched a blog in partnership with Politics in Spires, designed to bring together contributions from scholars from a range of different fields to discuss the upcoming elections. The blog can be read on the RAI website and will run until mid-November.

HFL move update

Further information regarding the move of the HFL is now available on the HFL blog. We now know that as part of the transfer to the Radcliffe Camera, HFL operations and services in the Old Indian Institute building will cease from  17:30 on Friday 3 August.  Collections will move to the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link between 6 and 17 August; HFL staff will move soon after that.

For more information and to receive updates as the HFL move progresses, please see the HFL blog:

HFL move update

An update to plans for the move of the History Faculty Library to the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link this summer has been published on the Bodleian website. Details are still being fixed but at the moment the timeline is expected to be as follows:

  • HFL vacation loans (with an increase from 30 to 40 books) begin on 11th June
  • Normal access will be maintained to both the HFL and the Radcliffe Camera until 27th July; all services offered as normal
  • HFL move begins 30th July
  • HFL will probably close on 6th August; books can continue to be returned to the HFL until 17th August, but thereafter will need to be returned to the Lower Camera
  • The Radcliffe Camera may need to close completely during parts of August and September to ensure all work is completed before Michaelmas Term.

The Just-In-Time team (email will be on hand to help locate alternative copies of books and journals affected by the move.

For more information on the move itself and the background to it, please see: This page will be updated with further information as and when details become more fixed. You can also keep up to date with progress and plans on the HFL blog.

The VHL will be unaffected throughout. 

Calling all Historians: Proposed move of the History Faculty Library

Bodleian Libraries is consulting with staff and students of the History Faculty over the proposal to transfer the existing services and collections of the History Faculty Library to the Radcliffe Camera during the Long Vacation 2012.

The proposal will improve:

  • Your library: services and collections centred in the iconic Rad Cam. Borrow from Lower Camera.
  • Your time: 24 extra hours per week, and all day Saturday and Sunday opening. > more
  • Your convenience: Access on a single site to all history collections. > more
  • Your books, journals and databases: More funding for books, journals, and databases.
  • Your space: More desks and varied spaces > more
  • Your library support team: Better and more specialist support for historians offered by re-grouped HFL staff into the History Information Services Team

The proposal has to be seen in the context of the following:

  • agreed consolidation of Humanities libraries into fewer sites as a long-term strategic aim;
  • continuing aspirations for service improvement set against pressure on finances;
  • the likely delay in development of the main Humanities facility at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter for some years;
  • the threat of extremely disruptive building works when a lift is installed in the Old Indian Institute (OII) building in 2012/13 and associated significant and permanent loss of shelf, reader and support space;
  • ability to fully fund the move and improvements to working environments.

For more information about the proposal and the consultation, please see the History Faculty Library website at The HFL is also regularly updating their blog with news about the consultation at

Image credit: HFL