Keeping the University reading

Keeping the University reading

With our library sites and reading rooms now closed until further notice, the Bodleian Libraries are working hard to make it possible to keep the University reading.

While our physical services are suspended, we are continuing to provide, and expanding, our digital services. Students and scholars can take advantage of a wide range online resources that can be accessed offsite. Readers can also get support and advice through our Live Chat and enquiries service.

We are also waiving fines on any books currently on loan and have extended their renewal period – they will be auto-renewed until 19 June 2020 (and will be automatically renewed for longer if we are closed for longer). We are considering other options to reintroduce lending on a limited basis, in the future. For Inter-Library Loans (ILL), electronic delivery is now available free of charge, although physical ILL is suspended.

Please visit the Bodleian Libraries website and social media channels for regular updates.

Resources accessible to all

Use SOLO to search physical and electronic items available across the University's libraries, including over a billion records for articles and other e-resources, both open access and restricted to members of the University of Oxford. 

Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)
ORA provides open access to a wide range of articles, dissertations and other papers by Oxford academics and research students. Over 56,000 complete works available. 

Digital Bodleian
Search and explore the Bodleian's collections on Digital Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items. 

Open access materials
Open access materials, including a wide range of scholarly papers, are available to anyone via SOLO. Filter by Open Access at the top of the left-hand column of search results. Alternatively, enter keywords and then on the results screen choose Open Access in the Show only section on the left-hand side. 

Resources accessible to University of Oxford card holders (Single Sign On required)

Access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find e-books that can be accessed offsite – look for the green Online access icon. Some e-books are not restricted to card holders. Find out more about information on accessing e-books on the e-books LibGuide

The library is working with publishers to provide lots of extra access to online resources during this period, including over 30,000 e-books. Keep up-to-date with the latest additional e-books.

If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one, if it's available. Complete the book recommendation form

Access over 118,000 e-journal titles via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to show resources that can be accessed offsite – look for the green Online access icon. Some e-journals are not restricted to card holders. On 7 April, Browzine was added to SOLO. This new suite of tools improves access to journal article PDFs and aims to provide a comprehensive journal service to researchers; this includes integration into SOLO, a standalone website and a browser plugin for Chrome to enable one-click downloads from around the Internet and when searching SOLO (including eLD articles which we have subscription access to).

Access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas. Visit Databases A-Z or search SOLO

Oxford Reading Lists Online
Explore reading lists for a selection of courses across all divisions on ORLO, with access to scanned book chapters where available. An expanded team of library staff is working with academic colleagues to create many additional lists for Trinity term.

Scan & Deliver

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19, the Scan & Deliver service and the new Scan & Delivery Plus service have been suspended. The Scan & Deliver Plus service was introduced when the libraries first closed to readers in order to provide scans of material in Oxford library locations. The service dealt with over a thousand requests during the few days before the libraries were also closed to library staff. We aim to reinstate Scan & Deliver and to consider reopening the Scan & Deliver Plus service if there is a phased return to the libraries reopening.

Resources accessible to OUH NHS staff 

Staff working in the OUH Trust can access a wide range of e-journals and other resources via NHS OpenAthens. Scan & Deliver services are also available. For information on what’s available and to register for NHS OpenAthens (or to reset your password), visit the NHS LibGuide

If you have difficulties with your OpenAthens login, contact 

For assistance with specific electronic resources, contact

We're supporting the OUH trust and the University of Oxford to respond quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. We've brought together relevant up-to-date information to help. 

Resources for Alumni

University of Oxford alumni have special access to a variety of online resources.


Library Staff
Library staff remain available to answer your questions and offer advice through Live Chat and via reader services. Hundreds of Library Guides provide information on subject resources or specific library services, including tips that may be particularly useful at this time.

Open access
A number of search engines specialise in scholarly open access resources, providing password-free access to academic materials across a wide range of disciplines. We have some suggestions of suitable resources.

Conditions for off-site access
Find out more about accessing resources off-siteElectronic legal deposit books, journals and web content cannot be made available beyond the physical premises of Bodleian Libraries under the terms of current legal deposit legislation. We have altered how these items display on SOLO to make this clear.

Help and enquiries

Live Chat
Use our live help service to get answers to your questions about library services or resources. Access Live Chat via SOLO or at the top of this page, LibGuides and the Bodleian Libraries website. The service has been expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9am–7pm on weekdays and 10am–7pm on weekends.

General Reader Enquiries
Remote assistance from an expanded team of expert library staff is available by emailing (staffed weekdays, 9am–5pm).

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