IT & computers

Reader PCs

Bodleian Libraries PCs are equipped with a range of software including Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Access), Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Endnote, Nuance PDF Creator, GIMP, iTunes.

To log in to a Bodleian Libraries PC, use your barcode number and your password. There is more information about library passwords on our Passwords page.

Please note that these PCs are not secure places to save documents.  The PCs are reimaged each time you log off, which means that all documents saved to the Desktop and My Documents area are permanently deleted.  The PCs will automatically log off after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Quick look-up terminals

The Library has a number of 'quick look-up' terminals, also known as Sunrays.  These computer can be used for searching the internet, including the SOLO library catalogue.

Using your laptop or mobile device in the Library

Readers are welcome to use their own laptops or mobile devices in the Library.  Desks in the Lower and Upper Radcliffe Camera have security handles fitted, allowing you to secure your laptop to the desk with a laptop lock. Most desks have a power socket.

Laptops cannot be used in the designated silent study areas in the Library.  Please ensure that laptops are muted to avoid disturbing other readers.

Wifi access in the Library

The wireless internet (wifi) network in the central Bodleian Library site allows all Bodleian Library readers to access the internet for free using one of three networks. Wifi-enabled laptops, tablets and mobile phones can all use our wifi networks. Details of the three available networks and guides available to help you connect to the network are listed below. Alternatively, download our printable PDF guide.


  • eduroam logofor all Oxford University students and staff
  • for members of other academic institutions who have already set up their home Eduroam account
  • donít need to log in each time you use it

Oxford University staff and students will find guides on how to connect to Eduroam on the IT Services website at

Members of other academic institutions need to have already set up their home Eduroam account to use the network in Oxford. If you have problems using your account, please contact your home institutionís IT support service.


  • for all Oxford University students and staff
  • donít need to log in each time you use it

For guides on how to connect to the OWL network visit the IT Services website at

Bodleian Libraries

  • use this network if you do not have access to Eduroam or OWL
  • for all registered users of the Bodleian Libraries
  • log in each time you use it and after 30 minutes of inactivity
Connecting to this network
  1. Connect your laptop or mobile device to the Bodleian-Libraries network.
  2. Open a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox).
  3. You will be prompted for your barcode number (shown on your Library or University card) and your password (see below).
  4. Once you have entered your details correctly you will be admitted to the network.
  5. You will need to log in to the network each time you visit the library.
Which password do I use?

Library Cards and University Cards are issued with a default password of your date of birth in the format DDMMMYYYY (e.g. 29FEB1989). You should reset your password to something more secure as soon as possible online at

If you change your Library or University Card password, you will need to wait around one minute before using the new password to log on to the wireless network.

For more information about library passwords please visit our Passwords page.

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