Service updates

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

The health and safety of our readers, visitors, staff and volunteers are our highest priority. We want to make sure all the necessary safeguards are in place before we reopen fully.

Here you can find a list of all the current support and services we have to help you carry on with your work and research. 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 or use our Live Chat service.

Page last updated: 11 October 2020

Latest service changes

Libraries reopening

Most of the library buildings and reading rooms have now reopened to staff, students and Bodleian Reader Card holders.

Find out which libraries have reopened and how to access our sites

Closed stack deliveries

Closed stack deliveries from the Book Storage Facility (BSF) have resumed for some 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.

University students and staff


Online resources


Access to four million public domain items remains available directly from the HathiTrust website and via clear links provided on relevant records in SOLO. Readers can 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 the Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU). 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.

The library is working with publishers to provide lots of extra access to online resources during this period.

If you can't find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one. Complete the book recommendation form to put in your request.


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.

We have added Browzine to SOLO. This new suite of tools improves access to journal article PDFs. It 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:

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.

Plus all of the resources open to everyone.

Bodleian Reader Card holders

The Bodleian Libraries Admissions Office has started to process renewal requests and this will be followed by a phased approach to accepting new card applications. Please look for updates on this page and our Twitter feed.

If your card is in date, you can access the following services:

If your card has expired, you can still access the resources open to everyone.

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. More information, including help, can be found on our NHS LibGuide.

We're supporting the OUH trust and the University of Oxford to respond quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic on our Covid-19 information resource hub on LibGuides.

Resources for everyone


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.

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.

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.

Free online resources

Use our e-resources LibGuide to discover other resources freely available online.

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