Getting started

Here are some quick links to help you get started using the library.  If you have any questions please contact us.

Where is the Bodleian History Faculty Library?

The Library is located in the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link in central Oxford.  For a map and full details please visit our contact page.

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What are the opening hours?

The library's open hours vary between term and vacation time. Please check current hours on our opening hours page. 

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How do I find books in the Bodleian History Faculty Library?

Search SOLO (the online library catalogue) and limit your search to Bodleian History Faculty Library. More guidance about using SOLO is available in this online tutorial.

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How many books can I borrow from the HFL?

Firstly, you need to be a registered user of the HFL. Depending on your status you will have different loan entitlements. See loans, renewing books online, fines and reporting lost books for details.

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If a book I want is on loan, can I reserve it?

Yes, you can. Simply place a hold on SOLO. This online tutorial shows how to place a hold.

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I can't find a book on the shelves which is not on loan.

If you cannot find a book on the Library shelves that the SOLO catalogue shows as available let us know the book details on the online form. We will search for the book and let you know if we find it.

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A book is not in the History Faculty Library but is on a reading list.

Let us know the book's details and we will consider buying the book. Note: If you are a lecturer who is going to revise a course, please let us know in advance to make sure we are able to buy additional books or set texts.

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Can I use PCs, laptops and wifi  and can I print copy and scan in the libraries?

Yes, you can.  Further details and links to guides about using the services are available on our computing, copying and scanning page.

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Which passwords do I need to use in the Library?

There are a few key passwords that you will use to place holds, renew books, log into PCs and wifi networks and print, copy and scan.  The passwords guide explains which password you need for each task.

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Who can I ask for help?

Library staff are more than happy to help you. You can contact us by email, phone, in person or, when staffed, by live chat. Check out contact us.

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