How do I order 'closed stack' items?

To request a Closed Stack item, follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to SOLO by clicking 'Sign in' (top right hand corner) followed by 'Oxford Single Sign on'.  For help signing in to SOLO see: 'How do I renew books'.
  2. Click 'Hold' in the 'Request Options' column.
  3. Choose a 'Delivery/Pickup Location' from the drop-down list of libraries and reading rooms.  The item will be delivered to this location. Remember that most Closed Stack items may not be removed from the library so you will need to read the book in which ever Library you choose as your delivery location 
  4. Click 'Hold' to confirm the request. You do not need to fill in the author, title, volume and notes sections.
  5. When the book arrives you will receive an email to let you know.

You can also view a YouTube video on requesting a Closed Stack item. Link to: Requesting off-site and closed stack material video.

How long will it take to arrive?

Exactly how long your request will take to arrive depends on the day and time when you place your hold and which library you choose as your delivery location.   As a general guide:

Holds placed...
Items will arrive...
Within 24 hours
Friday before 19.30 during term time
Requests for delivery to the Social Science Library, Radcliffe Science Library and Old Bodleian Library (Upper and Lower Reading Rooms) will be delivered on Saturday morning by 12 noon.  Items requested to other Libraries will be delivered Monday morning
Friday during the vacation
Saturday & SundayMonday

For more detailed information about delivery times consult the SOLO Guide Delivery Times

For how long may I keep the book in the library?

Initially books are kept for a period of one week, although items can be renewed indefinitely so long as they are not requested by another reader. You can keep your Closed Stack books at the library by passing them to staff at the library desk and asking for them to be kept for you to view again. Closed Stack items can be renewed on SOLO in the same way as borrowed books (see: 'How do I renew books?')

How many books may I request from the Closed Stacks?

You may place a maximum of ten requests at any one time.