RSL at the VHL

As part of the planned Reuben College Development, the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) is undergoing extensive refurbishment to upgrade library facilities, create a home for Reuben College and establish a new Museum Collections Teaching and Research Centre. The new RSL is due to open in late September 2023.

Contact and support

RSL staff are now based in the Vere Harmsworth Library, and are on hand to assist readers throughout the library's opening hours.

If you have any queries, email or phone +44 (0)1865 272800.

You can follow updates from the RSL on the Bodleian Libraries Science blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

VHL & RSL 360° Virtual Induction Tour

Library staff


Kay Kelly
+44 1865 272830


Alessandra Vetrugno
+44 (0)1865 272817
Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.


Karine Barker
+44 (0)1865 272802
Subject Librarian for Biochemistry, Biology, Non-Clinical Medicine, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Psychology and Zoology.


Sophie Wilcox
+44 (0)1865 275025
Subject Librarian for Ornithology and Plant Taxonomy


Rachel Scanlon
+44 (0)1865 272824
Subject Librarian for Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Materials and Statistics


Ollie Bridle
+44 (0)1865 272816
Subject Librarian for Biochemistry, Biology, Forestry, Pharmacology, Plant Sciences and Zoology

Collections and resources

The RSL’s teaching collections have been temporarily relocated. All 23,000 books, including the undergraduate and graduate reading list collections that were on the open shelves at the RSL, have been transferred to the Vere Harmsworth Library.

Special collections

Subject guides





Readers can make use of the study spaces in the VHL, including the two bookable group study rooms which are available for use by all members of the University. 



Book fetching

Reference-only books from the RSL are currently held in the VHL's closed stack. To access these, please fill in a blue request slip at the VHL enquiry desk on the ground floor. Staff will fetch the items as soon as possible. These books cannot be taken out of the VHL. 




All RSL books available for loan are now on the second floor of the VHL. To borrow items, please bring them to the VHL enquiry desk on the ground floor. The loan period for books is one week at a time. You may renew books up to 9 times online via SOLO, by phone or in person.



3D printing

Our 3D printing guide provides information on 3D printing and scanning services provided by the Radcliffe Science Library, along with links to helpful 3D printing, scanning, and modelling resources and tips.



Virtual Reality (VR) services

Our Virtual Reality (VR) guide provides information on VR services provided by the Radcliffe Science Library, along with links to helpful Virtual Reality viewing and capturing resources and tips.