Getting started: Undergraduates and taught postgraduates
A guide to using the Bodleian Libraries for undergraduates and taught postgraduates at the University of Oxford.https://www.youtube.com/embed/-nsYjgaY2Fs?rel=0
Using the libraries at Oxford
The Bodleian Libraries is a network of research, faculty and departmental libraries.
You can access any of the libraries and their physical collections using your University card, as well as extensive online resources.
Other libraries at Oxford
These are small, specialist libraries, such as the Earth Sciences Library, which can only be used by members of a particular department. They may also be restricted to use by postgraduate students and staff.
Your faculty or department website will have more information
Each college has its own library, which will cover the subjects taught at that college and the research interests of the college’s Fellows.
Access is usually restricted to members of the college. Contact the relevant college librarian if you need more information or want to access material if you are not a college member.
SOLO is the resource discovery tool for Oxford’s libraries. You can use it to search the holdings of the Bodleian Libraries, other department and faculty libraries, and college libraries.
- Books, journals and databases
- Subject and research guides
- Reading lists
- Past exam papers
- Special collections
- Inclusive and diverse collections
Borrowing and accessing resources
Our libraries hold many different kinds of material. This includes items that can be borrowed, items you can only use in the libraries and items you can access online.
The Bodleian Libraries offer a range of services and facilities to support your study and research, including library computers, Wi-Fi access, electronic document delivery, and self-service printing, copying and scanning.
- Use library Wi-Fi and computers
- Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS)
- Scan and Deliver
- Bodleian Libraries account (reset password)
- For disabled readers
Training and support
The libraries provide various in-person and online tools to help you study and research.
- Understand your reading list
- Workshops and training
- Copyright guide
- Reference management
- Study skills resources on Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) (SSO required)
Not sure where to start? Use our live chat service to talk directly to library staff or send us an email.