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.

Bank holiday opening hours and book service

The library will be open as usual on the Bank Holiday on Monday 7th May, from 9am to 7pm. The Bodleian will be operating a normal book service, so we will have deliveries of stack requests in as usual.

We will also be open as usual on the two Bank Holidays for the Diamond Jubilee on 4th and 5th June.

Information about Bank Holiday opening in the Central Bodleian is available at:

Easter Vacation Opening Hours

Our opening hours/closed periods over the Easter vacation are as follows:

Week beginning 12th March through to week beginning 16th April:

Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday (6th-9th April)

This Saturday (10th March) is the last Saturday open until Trinity Term.

New Year News – change to default sort order within clustered search results, inter-library loan price rise, opening hours

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas break! The library is now open again for 2012.
A few pieces of news for the new year: 
Change to default sort order within clustered search results
This morning, the Bodleian Libraries have implemented the first stage of a plan to improve the display of records in SOLO with clusters of versions (where SOLO has grouped together ‘versions’ of the same work). To achieve this, the default sort order for search results within clusters will be changed to relevance rather than date-newest. If you prefer to see your results in date order you can still do so – please use the sort option at the top of the results screen.
While clustering is beneficial to and highly valued by a large number of readers, it can cause problems for others, particularly where searching for very specific editions or antiquarian/non-book material. The long-term aim is to exclude certain categories of material from clustering, which will solve the small number of problematic cases while retaining the benefits of clustering for the majority of searches and readers. 
The decision to retain clustering in SOLO and work to improve it was taken following extensive consultation and user testing. The change to sort order within clusters is a first step to mitigate against some of the major problems caused by clustering while we work to develop an improved solution for everyone.
Inter-library loan price rises
The January 2012  ILL price increase has now been implemented. 
This represents an annual increase since the charges were last revised in January 2012, and are in line with a recommendation that was passed by the Curators to apply a 25p annual increase to our charges for Inter-library loans and document supply.
The ILL charge increases are as follows:
  • Loan, photocopy, or delivery of an item by secure electronic delivery for University members from £4.50 to £4.75          
  • Urgent requests for University members from £10.50 to £10.75 
  • Worldwide searches for University members from £12.50 to £12.75.
The full revised price list can be found on the Bodleian website at:

After this price rise, the annual price increase will take place in line with the beginning of the budget year so there will be a further rise of 25p from August 2012.

Saturday opening Hilary Term

The VHL will be open on Saturdays throughout Hilary Term (10am-2pm), from 14th January – 10th March.  


Christmas closure

The library will close at 5pm on Friday and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January. For those registered to borrow, any books taken out or renewed from Thursday 22nd will be due back when we reopen on 3rd January.

We hope all our readers have a lovely and peaceful Christmas – see you all in the New Year!

Picture credit: mandaloo on Flickr

Christmas vacation opening hours

Weekday opening hours over the Christmas vacation are as follows:

  • Monday 5th December – Thursday 22nd December: 9am-7pm.
  • Friday 23rd December – 9am-5pm
  • Monday 26th December – Monday 2nd January – CLOSED
  • Tuesday 3rd January onwards – 9am-7pm.

We will be closed on Saturdays from 10th December – 7th January inclusive.