Library

The Library is at the heart of Wolfson, Oxford’s most international and interdisciplinary graduate college. 


College Library

We have 48,500 physical items over three floors to aid you in your study and research. Please see our current opening hours, which remain generous.  Read more about the safe use of the library here.

We have comfortable reading spaces in a variety of reading rooms; Jessup, Floershiemer, Hornik, Andrew Watson and the Library Breakout Space. Desks and individual study carrels with WiFi are available throughout.

Our staff are available to help Monday-Wednesday & Fridays 9 am-5 pm, by emailing library@wolfson.ox.ac.uk

To consult our special collections please contact our Librarian

Safe use of the Library

The Wolfson Library is open. Read more about the safe use of the library here.

Services and E-Resources during the Pandemic and Beyond

Details of current Bodleian and Faculty Library openings and services can be found on the Bodleian’s Library updates webpage. Helpful videos about the services offered can be found here.

Scan and Deliver – to request scans to be made from our collections and emailed to you.

Click and Collect –to enable access to the Bodleian Libraries' lending collections while usual borrowing procedures are suspended due to the restrictions on access to library sites.

Print and Deliver – to enable access to electronic Legal Deposit materials under current coronavirus restrictions.

SOLO  SOLO

Use SOLO to search physical and electronic items available across the University's libraries, including over a billion records for articles and other e-resources, both open access and restricted to members of the University of Oxford. 

E-books

Access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find e-books that can be accessed offsite – look for the green online access icon. Some e-books are restricted to current members of the Uiversity. Find information about alumni access here.

The bookBod LibGuide for e-books has details of new resources as they become available including helpful advice for accessing them and getting the best use out of the text. 

There are bookLibGuides available for all subjects highlighting the existing e-resources and new ones too. New resources are being added all the time so re-check from time-to-time to see if something you need has become available.

E-journals
Access over 118,000 e-journal titles via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to show resources that can be accessed offsite – look for the green online access icon. Also now available is BrowZine:  a streamlined access to online journals either directly from SOLO, via the BrowZine app or website or Chrome extension. Book  LibGuide to Browzine. Some e-books are restricted to current members of the Uiversity. Find information about alumni access here.

 ORLO  ORLO Oxford Reading Lists Online
Explore reading lists for a selection of courses across all divisions on ORLO, with access to scanned book chapters where available.

Databases
Access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas. Visit book Databases A-Z or search SOLO.   These provide full text access to books chapters,  conference proceedings, articles.

The most important databases across the board — multi-disciplinary, and providing access to an exceptional range of academic content:

British Library Newspapers - more than 160 newspaper titles, with around 5.5 million pages of historic content

Cambridge Core

Dissertations & Theses Global

EBSCOhost

ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Gale Primary Sources

JSTOR

 

Nexis UK

Oxford Scholarship Online

Periodicals Archive Online

Periodicals Index Online

ScienceDirect

Scopus

U.K. Parliamentary Papers

Web of Science

Wiley Online Library

Digital Bodleian

Search and explore the Bodleian's collections on Digital Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items.

ORA ORA and other institutional Repositories

 The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is  an archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford from all disciplines (Humanities, Maths, Physical & Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences . It provides a single point of public access to electronic copies of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, working papers, reports, book sections and unpublished  academic work and theses by Oxford authors. The full text and abstracts of many items within the archive can be downloaded free of charge by anyone with an Internet connection and new full texts are being added daily.

Repositories such as ORA are becoming commonplace in HE institutions Readers can search and access material from  the Institutional repositories of other universities  (UK, International).

Open AccessOpen Access

 

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge including for those who do not have personal or institutional subscriptions to journals, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.  

  Google scholarGoogle Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.         

Google BooksGoogle Books

Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database

  Project Gutenberg  Project Gutenberg

 Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks. It is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public-domain books.