EU/UN papers Official Papers held in the Law Library may be consulted by any Bodleian Reader card holders throughout the year.
The Weston Library is open throughout the year to all readers who wish to consult special collections material (including University students of all levels).
What material do the libraries hold and how can I find it?
Modern printed material, which includes almost all books, printed journals and newspapers, maps and music printed after 1801 (unless it is classified as part of our special collections).
You can search for this material via our library catalogue – SOLO.
You can consult open-shelf material in our reading rooms or use SOLO to request closed stack material (items not held in our reading rooms).
For advice on modern material or if you wish to pre-order up to 6 items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least five days working days (Monday – Friday) before your booked appointment with the Admissions Office.
How to use SOLO
You can access our subscription online journals, books and other digital resources only from within our libraries using a library computer or your own device logged onto our ‘Bodleian-Libraries’ Wi-Fi.
Due to licensing agreements, you are not able to access these resources outside of our libraries.
Please note that you cannot use our electronic resources for commercial purposes.
Some of our online resources are available to Bodleian Reader card holders offsite:
- Open Access eresources – use the Open Access filter in SOLO to find journals, articles and books that are available to all to read
- Databases – many of our databases are also open to all. Please look for the circle symbol in our Databases A-Z.
Our collections of manuscripts, archives, rare books, music and maps.
If you wish to access this type of material, you will need to include your request in your statement of research need.
Special collections catalogues and finding aids
Accessing material at the Bodleian Libraries
You can access open-shelf material in our reading rooms straight away.
Ordering closed stack material
You will not be able to order material from the closed stack via SOLO until you have your Reader card, username and password.
Instead, please email email@example.com with the details of the items from SOLO you would like to consult five days prior of your anticipated visit.
Accessing our special collections
Applicants who wish to access special collections material will need to contact the team at least 48 hours in advance of your planned visit to ensure the material is available to be consulted.
Using our special collections
Using our library services
You are welcome to use the following library services:
Staff are available in most reading rooms. Feel free to ask any member of staff if you require help or guidance.
Straightforward enquiries are usually resolved immediately.
If your query requires specialist subject knowledge, you will usually be referred to a senior subject librarian or member of curatorial staff. However, subject experts may not be immediately available. You can find contact details for our subject librarians.
We also have a live chat and ask a librarian services to help answer queries.