Information for Finalists

Finishing your degree

Whilst coming to the end of your degree can be a busy and stressful time, there are a number of things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all library books Pay for outstanding fines and lost books
Use up your PCAS credit Oxford Alumni resources and privileges
Not leaving Oxford yet? Best of luck!


Return all library books

If you have any books borrowed from university libraries please return them to the owning library before you leave. This will save on postage or return trips to Oxford (and fines) later.

Book donations

If you've got any of your own books you don't need any longer and you don’t have space in your suitcase to carry them home, we would be happy to receive donations of business textbooks.

Pay for outstanding fines and lost books

Remember to pay any outstanding fines you may have accrued or fees owing for any lost books. To see what you have or maybe owe, check your account using Solo, or, if having any difficulty, simply e-mail us or call: +44 (0)1865 288880. Fines and outstanding charges can be paid online – our online payment facility is available for you to use.

Any fines you owe to a Bodleian Library can be paid at any Bodleian lending library, no matter what library the fine is associated with. For a list of libraries within the Bodleian Libraries group see here. Lost book charges for books from the Sainsbury Library can be paid only in the Sainsbury Library.

Use up your PCAS credit

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email pcas [at]

Your PCAS account will only close after 2 years of inactivity. It can therefore be used again if you visit the Bodleian Libraries at a later date.

You may need to change the email address associated with your PCAS account if it expires with your university card so you can still get your account details if you forget them. This can be done on the PCAS webpay site

You can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Scan & Deliver requests.

Oxford Alumni resources and privileges

Reader's card 

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to a Reader's Card for reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the Getting a reader's card page.

Alumni access to resources

We would like to bring your attention to the exceptional collection of Library Databases, selected to enrich your access to a high quality and broad range of information resources for your lifelong learning and continued scholarly engagement. FREE registration will enable you to use them. Information on conditions of use can be found on the Bodleian Alumni access to resources page.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries' RefWorks page.

Not leaving Oxford yet?

If you are continuing your studies at Oxford in the next academic year, but your card is expiring soon don't worry. We can extend your membership of the Sainsbury Library to continue borrowing books until your new course starts if you provide:

  • an official letter to show you have been conditionally accepted on a Masters course/DPhil; OR
  • an e-mail to the main library account from someone in your department to confirm you have been accepted or conditionally accepted.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide swipe access to the library or remote access to Electronic Resources (other than those available to alumni, see above) until you receive your new University Card. 

Best of luck

Whatever you are going on to do when you finish your studies at the University of Oxford – best wishes for your future endeavours from our Library Team.

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