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.

Return of Loans
The Bodleian Libraries will automatically extend any Bodleian Libraries items on loan until week commencing 12 October 2020. Fines will continue to be waived for all items.

If you have items on loan and would like to return them before then there are five temporary hubs for return of Bodleian Libraries items available around Oxford. If you are not returning to Oxford, we will make it as easy as possible to return items, regardless of your location.

Scan & Deliver
The Scan & Deliver service has started up from selected library sites with additional libraries and Special Collections following in the coming weeks with a mediated service. The process for requesting scans remains the same as before. This service remains free for now. For more information visit the Scan & Deliver page

Click & Collect
From early July selected sites will be establishing a socially distanced borrowing service in which you can request items to loan as normal. Using SOLO you will be able to search for items that are available to be requested. Instructions will then be provided how to pick up your requests. There may be stricter limits on how many items you can loan to ensure a fair service. Any books borrowed during Long Vacation will not be due until 12 October.

Inter-Library Loans
For Inter-Library Loans (ILL), electronic delivery is now available free of charge, although physical ILL is suspended.

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. 

Oxford Google Books Project
The University of Oxford entered into partnership with Google to scan the Bodleian Libraries' out-of-copyright holdings. The initial phase of this work was completed in 2009, with several hundred thousand of our books being scanned and made available via Google Books.

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 1.5 million in-copyright items and millions more public domain items available directly from the HathiTrust website and via clear links provided on relevant records in SOLO. Readers will be able to download, in full, whole volumes of public domain books and readers with print disabilities will be able to request full book downloads on copyrighted items via ARACU. Via the Emergency Temporary Access Service, HathiTrust is allowing members to access full text digital copies of books which exist in physical form in the libraries but cannot currently be accessed. 

University card holders can log in to the HathiTrust website following the yellow login button at top right and enter Oxford into the box. Select University of Oxford to be redirected to the SSO login screen. 

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. Over 5,000 new e-books have been purchased and added to SOLO together with a further 60,000 temporary e-books made freely available by publishers during COVID-19. 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.

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).

The existing channels for providing feedback about Bodleian Libraries service are still operating (with the exception of physical comment books). You are also welcome to send any feedback to We would love to know what is working for you, and any suggestions you may have for how the Libraries can further support your learning.

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