Search Oxford Libraries Online (SOLO) is the online catalogue for Oxford University’s libraries, including the Bodleian Libraries and most college and faculty libraries.

What is on SOLO?

You can use SOLO to search:

  • the resources of most Oxford University libraries, including books, e-books, articles, databases and media
  • materials received by the Bodleian Libraries via electronic legal deposit (eLD)
  • research papers and theses deposited in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)
  • the Bodleian Libraries' map collections
  • many of the Bodleian Libraries' rare books.

For physical items, SOLO will show live availability information: whether it is available to borrow on a library shelf, or out on loan to another reader.

What is not on SOLO?

Manuscripts, archives and the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera are not listed on SOLO – there are separate catalogues for these. Find out more about the available catalogues and finding aids.

Sign into SOLO

We recommend that you log into SOLO before searching. If you are a member of Oxford University, you will need to log in to access subscription e-resources, as some publishers strictly limit access to members of subscribing institutions.

By signing into SOLO, you will be able to see your personalised borrowing options, including which items are available for you to borrow and how long you can borrow them for.

Your SOLO account

You can use SOLO to manage your library loans. Log into My SOLO to manually renew items you have borrowed or check when they are due back, see items you have requested, and more.

Learn more about signing into SOLO and using your SOLO account.

Guide and help

For more detailed information about how to use SOLO, visit our SOLO guide. To get immediate help during working hours, chat to us via Live Chat (find it on SOLO or at the bottom of this page) or talk to a member of library staff.

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SOLO downtime

There are regular technical updates and maintenance to SOLO on the first Saturday of every month between 11pm–1am (GMT).

During this time, SOLO may be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.


If you have feedback, including questions, comments or requests, or if you notice anything unusual about the information in SOLO, please email