University network upgrade: change to scheduled downtime

OUCS have announced a change to the schedule of planned downtime for the network upgrade work this summer. There will now be no downtime on Tuesday 3rd July; instead the downtime that was planned for then will take place on Thursday 9th July. Again the downtime may last up to 11.30am.

This will affect all networked library services, including SOLO, PCAS, reader PCs and the wireless network.

University network upgrade this summer: effect on library services

Over the coming weeks, the University Computing Service is undertaking work to upgrade the University network. This will necessitate periods of scheduled downtime.

Networked library services may be unavailable, in some cases until 11.30am on:

SOLO, reader and staff workstations, wireless and Ethernet connections, and PCAS may be unavailable during the mornings. There may also be delays to the book service.

Local work affecting the Vere Harmsworth Library will be carried out on Tuesday 7 August. The networked services listed above may be unavailable in the Vere Harmsworth Library until 11am on this date. Again, this may cause delays to the book service on that morning.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this necessary work may cause.

Resetting library passwords

It is now possible to reset your own library password, to use to log on to library PCs, the Bodleian Libraries wireless service, and (for non-Oxford University members from tomorrow onwards), SOLO to place stack requests and check your record etc. You can do this via an online form at There is an online guide available to walk you through the process at:, but staff will still be able to reset passwords for you if you have problems with this method.

Wireless temporarily unavailable

The wireless router at the VHL is currently out of action.  This means that there is no access to either the Bodleian-Libraries or Eduroam networks until it is fixed, hopefully later today or tomorrow morning.   As the RAI router is still working, wireless internet access is still available via OWL for anyone with VPN.

UPDATE 23rd September: Full wireless access has now been restored.

OULS-reader wireless network: name change week beginning 20th July

The Bodleian Libraries’ wireless service will be changing its name during the week beginning 19th July, from ouls-reader to Bodleian-Libraries.  The login procedure will not change: when you open your web browser you will be prompted for your University card barcode number and your OLIS password as before.

The other wireless networks available in the library (OWL and Eduroam) are unaffected.   If you encounter any problems when the change takes place, please ask library staff for assistance.

Wireless update

The server problem has been fixed and access has now been restored to the wireless network via OULS-reader.   If you are still experiencing problems, try rebooting your computer.

OULS-reader wireless access currently down

There is currently a problem with the Bodleian Libraries’ wireless server, which means that the OULS-reader wireless network is not working.   IT are working on it and hope to have it restored to full working order later this morning.

Wireless access to OWL via VPN and Eduroam are unaffected.