Borrowing books and other items

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The Bodleian Health Care Libraries collections of books, DVDs and other items are available for full members to borrow. You can borrow up to 10 books for 2 weeks and you can renew your books 26 times in the first instance - as long as no-one else has reserved them. Once you have renewed then 26 times, you will need to bring the books into the library for staff to see them and renew them again. After this, you can again renew up to 26 times. You can renew your books in lots of ways and staff are always willing to help you. We charge fines for late returns or renewals


Finding books - Library catalogue

The library catalogue is called SOLO. You can search for print books and journals as well as accessing electronic books and articles. You can check what items you have on loan and when they are due back, renew items, and manage reservation requests by logging into SOLO with your library card number and password. Please speak to a member of staff if you don't know your password. For a small fee, we can try to get hold of books and articles if we don't have them in the library


Renewing books and other borrowed items

Renewing online

  1. Go to SOLO
  2. Sign in at the top right-hand corner and choose non-Oxford members if you have a library card with an orange or red stripe. (If your card is blue, choose Oxford members.)
  3. Click on My Account at the top right-hand corner to view and renew your books

For more information see the SOLO Guide


In person: 

Just present your library card at the helpdesk


By telephone:

Call [01865] 221936, 24 hours a day. The only information you need to give is your name, library card number and contact phone number.


By email: 

Send an e-mail to
Include your name, library card number and contact phone number.

Paying fines online

Bodleian Health Care Library fines can be paid online
Fines will not automatically be removed from your account. If paying fines during unstaffed hours, they will not be removed from your account until the next time the library is staffed.  


What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

If the book or journal you need is not available in the Bodleian Health Care Libraries, the Document Supply service can try to obtain it for you from another library. This service is available at all libraries. Please click here to find out more 

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