Michaelmas updates

Most of our library sites and reading rooms have reopened for Michaelmas term.

Here you can find updates on services, resources, and support available to you help you carry on with your work and research throughout Michaelmas term. We are working hard behind the scenes to offer a full range of services, in line with government and University of Oxford guidelines.

We'll keep this page and our Twitter feed up to date with the latest information.

For further help or questions, please email reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or use our Live Chat service.

Page last updated: 3 December 2020

Latest service changes

Space Finder tool launches

The new Space Finder tool makes it easier to find and book available spaces across the Bodleian Libraries or choose to Browse & Borrow - a service which enables you to access the collections and borrow items when a desk is not required. Find out more about Space Finder in our reader notice.

Libraries reopening

Most of the library buildings and reading rooms have now reopened to staff, students and Bodleian Reader Card holders. You can book slots to use a library desk or book time to browse open shelf collections. Alternatively request an item to collect from a library.

Closed stack deliveries

Closed stack deliveries from the Book Storage Facility (BSF) have resumed for most libraries. To make use of this resource, check SOLO for availability in your chosen library, ensuring you have booked a seat in the reading room beforehand.

Remote resources

You can still make use of library resources remotely even if you can't visit a library in person.

Returns of loans

If you are in Oxford, items should be returned to the library from which they were borrowed or via a temporary loan return hub.

If you are not in Oxford, you can send items to us using the Royal Mail Tracked service or contact us if you are based internationally.

How to return loans


Fines for overdue books are currently suspended, we will inform readers when they are reinstated.

Self-isolating students

If you are self-isolating but need to borrow or return items you can:

  • Nominate someone to pick up your Click & Collect order when you make a booking
  • Ask someone else to Browse & Borrow on your behalf email relevant library to arrange in advance
  • Ask someone else to return loans on your behalf
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