Search Oxford Libraries Online (SOLO) is the search and discovery tool for the major collections of Oxford University’s libraries.

What does SOLO cover?

You can use SOLO to search:

  • the physical holdings of most Oxford University libraries, including the Bodleian Libraries and most college and departmental libraries  
  • Oxford University's collections of e-books, e-journals, online articles and databases available from our publisher subscriptions
  • materials received by the Bodleian Libraries via electronic legal deposit (eLD)
  • research papers and theses deposited in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

SOLO does not search:

  • manuscripts (except for theses) held in Bodleian Libraries
  • the John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera

Special collections

Some of the Bodleian Libraries' special collections can be searched on SOLO, including maps and some rare books. However, many of them, including manuscripts, archives and printed ephemera, are not listed on SOLO. Find out more about the available catalogues and finding aids for these items.

Sign into SOLO

We recommend that you log into SOLO before searching. Access to some of the electronic resources that SOLO searches is restricted by publishers to members of subscribing institutions. To prove that you are entitled to see these results, you will need to log in.

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

Guide and help

For more information about how to use SOLO, visit our SOLO guide. To get immediate help during working hours, please chat to us via Live Chat or talk to a member of library staff.


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