Training, workshops & guides

Making the Most of the Bodleian Library

 Below is the timetable for forthcoming sessions in 2014: 

Monday 7 April 14.00 - 14.45
Thursday 15 April 09.00 - 09.45
Wednesday 23 April 14.00 - 14.45
Thursday 1 May 09.00 - 09.45
Friday 9 May 14.00 - 14.45
Monday 12 May 14.00 - 14.45
Tuesday 20 May 09.00 - 09.45
Thursday 29 May 14.00 - 14.45
Thursday 5 June 09.00 - 09.45
Friday 13 June 14.00 - 14.45
Monday 16 June 09.00 - 09.45
Tuesday 24 June 14.00 - 14.45

This timetable is also available to download here

All sessions are general ones, providing a practical introduction to the Bodleian within the context of the Bodleian Libraries, with hands-on guidance in the use of the search and discovery tool Search Oxford Libraries Online (SOLO), the automated stack request system. The sessions are run in the Training Room located in the Old Bodleian Library Lower Reading Room. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the library environment, these sessions do not include a tour of the library.

To book a place or find out more

  • telephone 01865 (2)77162
  • email (include your name, general subject area, University or library card number, and date of session)
  • visit the Main Enquiry Desk (first floor of the Old Library)

On the day of your session please report to the Main Enquiry Desk promptly, or let us know if you are unable to attend. 

Readers requiring specific help with science resources may wish to book a place on a Making the Most of the Radcliffe Science Library session (the Radcliffe Science Library holds legal deposit material in the sciences for Oxford University, the central Bodleian does not hold science books).

Other courses for library users

To find out more about the library resources available to you, including those specific to your subject area, visit the Training and Workshops web page on the Bodleian Libraries' website.


A range of guides to the Bodleian Libraries subjects and collections, electronic resources, libraries and services is available from the Guides page.

We can help you to develop your information skills and to make the most of our printed and online collections and other information resources.   

Our programme of workshops, guides and tutorials covers:

  • Finding  published & unpublished information in print & online
  • Keeping up to date with the most recent publications in your research area
  • Reference management software and other tools for managing information
  • Copyright, plagiarism & information ethics
  • Measuring the impact of research through citation analysis and bibliometrics

Classes and workshops

Workshops for your subject - information skills classes focussing on key resources and tools for particular subject groups.

WISER: Workshops in Information Skills and E-resources - a more general series of classes concentrating on finding and evaluating information resources, reference management, current awareness, measuring impact and copyright issues.

Research and Resource Guides and Tutorials

Research and resource Guides - Our Oxford LibGuides portal provides a wide range of detailed guides to subject resources, research techniques and information skills.

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Related links

  • Training and workshops for library users
    Complete list of training courses available
  • Guides
    Downloadable guides for subjects, libraries and e-resources
  • Bodleian reader's guide
    Download and print (PDF)
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