Using the Library

Currently the Library is open to Students, Fellows and Staff. Swipe your University card to gain access to the Library.

Using the Library

Registration

Please register your university card with Library staff to be able to borrow books.

Borrowing, renewing & returning books

All books will be made available to readers via the  crestFetch and Request system. The book will be retrieved subject to availability. We aim to fulfil your request within three working days. Please note this does not include weekends, University and Bank Holidays. If you require regular and/or repeated access to dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other reference works please discuss your needs with the Librarian.

Book(s) should be returned to the trolley in the Lodge. They should be placed in the envelopes provided and clearly dated.  Books are quarantined for 72 hours on return. Your SOLO account will be updated once staff shelve your book(s).

You can borrow twenty books. Books are renewed or returned at the beginning and end of each term.  (Wednesdays of 0th week and 10th week).You can use the “My Account” function on SOLO to manage your loans.  Fines are charged for overdue books @ 20p a day.  Books not returned or renewed will be considered lost and a replacement fee charged. Automated reminders are sent to your University email address.

Please look after the books in your possession and do not deface them in any way.

Working in the Library

The Library is a shared working space.  Our desks are on a first come, first served basis. You can bring in water in a sports bottle and hot drinks in a keep cup but food and other drinks are prohibited. Conversations should be held outside the Library spaces.

Catalogues

SOLO  SOLO gives you access to the University's catalogue and those of most college libraries, as well as access to e-resources. Here is a  bookGuide to Using SOLO.

Book suggestions

We welcome your suggestions for books to purchase for the Library.  Please use the  crest Book Suggestion Form.  When you make a request, the Librarian will inform you about the decision to purchase the book. The Library does not usually buy physical copies of books that are available as permanent e-copies on SOLO.  You can check SOLO to see if your book is “On order”, “In processing” or “Available”.   A member of the Library Team will email you when your book is ready for collection from the Lodge. Please get in touch with the Librarian if you have any queries about your book requests.

Study Carrels

Individual study carrels are allocated for the year prior to the start of Michaelmas Term. More information on carrels  is here:   crestLibrary Carrels. Lockers are also available for the short-term storage of your possessions.Casual carrels can be booked via the  crest WolfHub.   You are asked to remember the COVID rules; keeping the carrels well ventilated and to wipe down the surfaces when you leave. 

Rooms are avialable for online classes and supervision and should be booked  with Events OfficeThe Events Office.

Computers in the Library

We have Macs and PCs in the Library for your use. You can log on to our workstations using your Oxford Single Sign On. The crest IT facilities pages offer full information on IT support available in College. 

Printing, Scanning and Photocopying

Printers are available in the Library Breakout Space and the Library. Readers should use the remote printing option:  crestPrinting. The cost of printing is billed to your battels. You require a current university card for this service.

Getting Started

Using Oxford’s many libraries can be confusing.

Here a helpful induction presentation to using Wolfson’ Library.  crest Induction Presentation

 bookThe Bodleian Library: Getting Started

The Library Team recommend the following guides to getting started in the Bodleian Libraries.

There's lots of help and support  available to you if you have a disability bookInformation for disabaled readers

Libraries Portal

The Bodleian Libraries comprise 30 libraries including Oxford's major research libraries, and most of the libraries embedded in Oxford faculties and departments. Follow the links below for further information:

book Bodleian Humanities Libraries

 bookBodleian Science Libraries

 bookBodleian Social Sciences Libraries

Subject Portal

Subject guides can help you find the right library for your study and research library, or contact your subject Librarian, and find resources.

 bookSubject Guides A-Z

  bookSpecial Collections

Manuscripts, archives, rare books and printed ephemera

The Weston Library provides access to a great wealth of Special Collections which support research in many different fields. Holdings range from early papyrus manuscript fragments to modern digital archives, as well as significant collections of rare books and printed ephemera, in languages from Aramaic to English to Urdu.

Maps (cartographic materials)

The Bodleian Map Room holds an international collection of over 1 million maps, both current and historical. Follow the link above for information about finding aids to help you find and use maps and related materials.

Music

The Bodleian Library’s Music collection is one of the largest and most important in the country. Follow the link above for information on how to locate music materials for consultation in the Weston Library. For a general overview of the history and scope of the Music collection, see the Weston's Music web site.

 Specialist Materials Portal

Bodleian Data LibraryData and Statistics

book Images and Films

 Here are a number guides to help you find and use visual collections held by the Bodleian Libraries:

Films, information on using fim collections,  Finding Images guidance on image databases and collections and the Visual Resources Centre (based in the Department of History of Art)  which contains over 90,000 35mm slides of art and architecture from classical antiquity to the present day; a rare collection of over 65,000 glass lantern slides from the nineteenth and early twentieth century and a number of photographic collections.

book  Legal Materials

The Bodleian Law Library holds a wide range of legal materials from around the world including legislation, treaties, case law and legal texts.

Official Papers: Parliamentary, Departmental and International Intergovernmental papers

The Official Papers collection consists of: parliamentary papers and proceedings of the UK Parliament dating from the 16th century to present day; papers and proceedings of the devolved assemblies, Scottish Parliament and the Republic of Ireland; an excellent collection of departmental publications; principal collections of many international organisation, notably the Library has depository library status for the UN, ICAO and the ILO.

USA Government Publications

Guidance on US government publications held in Oxford (mostly in the Vere Harmsworth Library) and available online, both for current and historic information. Includes Legislative/Congressional Resources; Executive/Presidency Resources; Foreign Relations; Censuses/Statistics

 bookNewspapers

A guide to historical and current newspapers and news sources, covering the 17th to 21st centuries. Includes searching tips, outline common problems and lists key resources available to Oxford scholars.

bookPatents are are useful source of technical information and a source for intellectual property rights

bookTheses This guide provides advice on how to find and use theses and dissertations from the University of Oxford, other UK institutions and around the world.

  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).

  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.

 OAOOpen 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.  

   ISkills ISkills

These workshops focus on information skills and resources across a wide range of disciplines.  They are primarily aimed at University of Oxford students and staff  These are continuing to be offered through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.  Please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you are an external reader wishing to attend any of our workshops.  

 Reference ManagementReference Management

This guide is intended for researchers, staff and students at the University of Oxford seeking support in reference management.

Use this guide to find tips on managing your references and software available to support your management of references.