Books, journals and databases


SOLO is the resource discovery tool for libraries in Oxford. You can use it to search physical and electronic items available across the University's libraries. It includes information on where to find printed books and journals, as well as links to e-books, online journals and databases. There is also a Map Search for finding maps and atlases. Learn more about using SOLO.

If an item isn't available in an Oxford library, you can request it through our inter-library loans service. Free electronic delivery is available.

Access to e-resources

Access to subscription e-resources is limited to current members of the University with an Oxford Single Sign On (SSO). Find out more about access conditions and how to use online catalogues and resources when outside of the University of Oxford network.  

To find e-resources available to everyone, use the Open Access filter on the search results page in SOLO.

Read our guide to finding e-resources.

Special collections

Rare books held by Oxford's libraries can be searched through SOLO. Manuscripts, archives and other special collections are not catalogued in SOLO. Learn more about finding aids and catalogues for special collections.

Books and e-books

SOLO lists over 13 million printed items held by Oxford libraries. It will show you where each physical item is located, and provide you with options for access:

You can also access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO. Read our guide to accessing e-books and finding the latest e-books.  

If you can't find a book available as an e-book, we may be able to purchase one. You can submit a request through our recommendation form.

Oxford Google Books Project

The University of Oxford partnered with Google to scan the Bodleian Libraries' out-of-copyright holdings. The initial phase of this work was completed in 2009, with several hundred thousand of our books being scanned and made available via Google Books.

Journals and e-journals

Through SOLO, you can locate printed journals in Oxford libraries, and access over 118,000 e-journal titles.

We have integrated Browzine into SOLO. This new suite of tools improves access to journal article PDFs.

You can also use e-Journals A-Z to view the list of e-journals to which the University subscribes. Access to subscriptions is limited to University of Oxford card holders.  

Google Scholar  

You can use Google Scholar to find links to available full-text articles for University of Oxford users. If you are outside the University's network, use the ‘Library’ links settings in the menu to choose ‘University of Oxford – Find it @ Oxford’


Use Databases A-Z to find and access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas. These databases can also be found and accessed through SOLO.

Subscription databases are only available to University members with an Oxford Single Sign On (SSO).

Learn more about finding and accessing data and statistics.