Hello and welcome to this short introductory video to the Bodleian Social Science Library, or the SSL for short.
The SSL is one of the largest libraries in Oxford and we are open to all students and staff at the University, as well as holders of a Bodleian Readers card.
The library is located in the Manor Road Building, which you’ll find between the St Cross Building and St Catherine’s College, by the river Cherwell.
The building also houses the Department of Economics, and the Department of Politics and International Relations.
You’ll find the entrance to the Library on the ground floor.
Here are some photos of the inside of our library.
You can see that we have a wide variety of study spaces, ranging from open plan to individual study carrels, plus a range of ergonomic furniture and equipment, such as height adjustable desks.
We also have two Discussion Rooms that are available to book for group work.
We have around 250,000 books at the SSL on a range of subjects.
We also have extensive collections of academic journals and statistical publications, as well as a special collection on refugee studies.
As well as our physical collections, you can also find an extensive range of social science eBooks, eJournals and databases on our library catalogue SOLO.
You are welcome to bring bottled water and hot drinks in KeepCups into the library. Food is not allowed. However, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy refreshments in and close to the building. There is a café on the first floor and there are vending machines on the balcony area behind the café. There is a water fountain behind the main reception area of the building.
If you would like to take a break outside there are picnic benches and some additional seating outside the front of the building.
You could also enjoy a walk nearby in the meadows behind St Catherine’s College or the University Parks.
Our Subject Librarians are here to help you with your research. Contact them for a research appointment and you can find more information on our online Subject & Research Guides.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Visit our website, send us an email or talk to one of our friendly staff at the library desk. We look forward to welcoming you and hope you enjoy your time in Oxford.