Updates on Temporary Closure & Help with Finding E-resources

Following government advice, the Bodleian Libraries closed its library sites at 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice. 

Please see the Bodleian Libraries Keep the University Reading page for an overview of digital services and support.

Below are some subject-specific tips for English readers 


Finding ebooks and other online resources

Whilst libraries are closed, we have been purchasing eBooks - a list of new eBooks can be found at https://www.librarything.com/catalog/EFLOxford/newebooks with direct links to their records on SOLO. 

Here are some tips for finding digital resources and ebooks:

1. SOLO has 118,000 ejournals and 1.49 million ebooks available for use 24/7. 

To find ebooks by or about a particular author on SOLO (and excluding electronic articles, book reviews etc.), limit your search to ‘Oxford Collections’ (instead of ‘Search Everything’), and once you’ve done your search, use the filters in the left-hand column to show only Online Resources.

2. For electronic journal articles, use bibliographical databases such as the MLA International Bibliography or ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). Find these databases on the Databases A-Z platform.

You can also try ‘Search Everything’ on SOLO to find e-articles. Use the ‘Resource Type’ filter on the left-hand side of your search results to filter to articles.

3. The Databases A-Z platform links to the Libraries’ major e-resources, including electronic collections of archival materials (eg British Literary Manuscripts Online, Eighteenth Century Drama, Shakespeare in Performance, and much more), and bibliographic databases as mentioned above. You can browse Databases A-Z by subject, eg English, Biographical Resources, Newspapers, etc. 

4. The English LibGuide links to several subject-specific guides which signpost to online resources useful for particular papers.

5. Search the Internet Archive for digitised largely 19th-century publications. Google Books or Project Gutenberg may also help.

6. A number of academic publishers have made additional e-books available free-of-charge on a temporary basis. We hope to get this content temporarily added to SOLO, in due course, but in the meantime check JSTOR

7. If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one, if it’s available – you can make requests via the EFL’s book recommendation form https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/english/collections/recommendations 

8. For online performances of Shakespeare plays, try Box of Broadcasts which you can also access via the Databases A-Z platform. It’s an archive of off-air recordings from television and radio, and includes plenty of films of Shakespeare plays. You can also access recordings of live Shakespeare performances from the Globe, the RSC and more, via the Drama Online resource on Databases A-Z (individual Drama Online recordings can also be found via SOLO – restrict your search to Audio Visual). NB some Drama Online content, including all RSC performances, is available on temporary basis only, until 31 May

9. Digital Bodleian https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ with over 900,000 images of c 16,000 archival and rare books items. 


And please contact library staff with any questions, we’re here to help you.

You can contact us via:
Twitter @EFLOxford
Live Chat (from front page of SOLO) for general enquiries. Staffed 9am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-7pm on weekends


Existing Loans

All existing books on a loan will auto-renew until June 2020.

If you are leaving Oxford and need to return books we urge you wherever possible to keep hold of them until the library is able to re-open. If you wish to return items please email staff for further advice at efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 

Book recommendations

You can still continue to make recommendations and requests for new books for the library using our online form at: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/english/collections/recommendations
We are trying where possible to prioritise purchasing in ebook form at this time.
If you need help with using ebooks, try our LibGuide or email library staff at efl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  Unfortunately, not all books are available as ebooks, but we will try our best to track them down for you.

Scan & Deliver

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 the Bodleian Libraries will be temporarily suspending all Scan & Deliver operations until further notice.

The Bodleian Libraries are now operating a free Scan & Deliver service to our readers. You can find out more at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/copy/covid-19-document-delivery-services/_nocache

This service will cover items in the Closed Stack as usual, but now also has an enhanced service for items on the open shelves in libraries, including the English Faculty Library.

For eLD books (those eBooks only accessible via library computers) a postal Print & Deliver service is available. Copyright legislation requires us to charge for providing copies from these collections and a £2.00 flat rate will apply, payable using your PCAS account. If you would like to suggest we purchase an eBook please use our Book Recommendation form: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/english/collections/recommendations

Further information 

Please see https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2020/keeping-the-university-reading for an overview of services and resources available while the Libraries are closed

Keeping up to date 

We will try wherever possible to keep this page updated with news, but you can also check our Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

Please also check the latest information on the Bodleian website, and the University website


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