Page last updated: 18 January 2021

Click & Collect

Click & Collect - use this service if you know which item you would like to borrow. Place a request on SOLO for items and you'll be given a designated time to collect your books.

Browse & Borrow

Following government guidance, this service is temporarily suspended. Keep up to date with our library service updates.

Browse & Borrow - use this service if you need to browse the shelves before borrowing an item. Book a time slot to browse open shelf collections at the libraries taking part in this service. Time slots for desk space in a library need to be booked separately.

Ordering printed material

Closed Stack material can be requested to reading rooms - use this service if the item you want is not on open shelves.

Inter-library loans

Inter-library Request Service - use this service if the Bodleian does not hold the item you need. Please check SOLO before making a request.

Return of loans

Readers should return items to the library from which they were borrowed. If this is not possible items can also be returned to temporary loan return hubs. If you are unable to visit a library, you can send books to us using the Royal Mail Tracked service or contact to find out about a courier service.


Fines for overdue books are currently suspended, we will inform readers when they are reinstated.

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