Finding resources

Books and Journals

All of the books and journals on the Bodleian Health Care Libraries' shelves are listed on SOLO, the system used by the Bodleian Libraries.

If you can't find the journal article you need in the Bodleian Health Care Libraries you can check what is available in the electronic journals collections. Library members can also order books and journal articles through the document supply service.

The Cairns Library also contains the Rob Smith Collection of historical medical books. Please contact us for details on how to access the collection.

Can't find what you need? Ask a BHCL librarian! 


Electronic Resources

Electronic resources cover electronic journals and online databases. Resources are available via the University of Oxford network and via the NHS.


University of Oxford Resources

OxLIP+ is the gateway to all Oxford University resources including:

  • e-Journals and e-Books
  • Library catalogues
  • Bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase, Cinahl, Web of Science.

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) allows you to search across OLIS, the library catalogue, and other catalogues and e-resources collections.

To access University resources, you can use a computer connected to the University of Oxford network (e.g. in the Bodleian Health Care Libraries), members of the University can also apply for remote access to University resources.

PubMed with Oxford links indicates which papers are available via University of Oxford subscriptions, and which are free.

NHS Resources

NHS Evidence is the gateway to NHS resources, including:

  • BNF online
  • Full-text electronic journals via My Journals
  • Bibliographic databases: Medline, Cinahl, Embase, PsycINFO.

To access these resources you will need an NHS Athens username and password.

Please see our NHS guide for further details and links to other resources


SOLO is our primary search and discovery tool for the Oxford Libraries' vast collections of resources. A simple search box will bring back results from a number of different sources, currently Oxford's union catalogue of printed and electronic books and journals, ORA (Oxford University Research Archive), the Bodleian Library Allegro Chinese and Allegro Japanesecatalogues and a title link to the 1,000+ databases on OxLIP+.

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