Science and Medicine are exceptionally well served by electronic resources, by University members anywhere within the University network, and outside via the Single Sign On system. For full details of how that works, see the Bodleian Libraries' Remote Access page.


SOLO is our primary search and discovery tool for the Oxford Libraries' vast collections of resources. A simple search box allows you to find:

  • The physical holdings of the majority of libraries within the University of Oxford including the Bodleian Libraries and most College and Departmental Libraries
  • The University's collections of e-books, e-journals, articles online and databases available from our publisher subscriptions. 
  • Materials which the Bodleian Libraries received via electronic legal deposit (eLD)
  • Research papers and theses deposited in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA)

Oxford University e-journals

A list of all e-journals available at Oxford University can be found here. E-journals can also be found by using SOLO.

E-books at Oxford University

The Libraries provide access to thousands of online books across many subjects. This guide gives a selection of e-book packages relevant to your subject area.


All databases available at Oxford can be found at Databases do not require login details if accessed from within the Oxford University network. Members of the university can access these databases outside Oxford by using the University Single Sign On.


The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) contains research publications and other research output produced by members of the University of Oxford. Content includes copies of journal articles, conference papers, theses and other types of research publications. The full text of many of these items is freely available to be used in accordance with copyright and end-user permissions.


Oxford Examination Papers Online (OXAM) provide online access for members of the University to the formal examination papers as PDF files.

Alexander Library of Field Ornithology

The Alexander Library of Ornithology is one of the foremost ornithological reference libraries in the world with extensive collections of 19th, 20th and 21st century books, pamphlets and periodicals covering ornithology, natural history, conservation, ecology and behaviour. The library shares a close relationship with the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology and the British Ornithologists' Union and books which have been reviewed within its journal, The Ibis, are subsequently deposited in the Alexander Library. Its special collections, comprising an extensive archive of 19th and 20th Century ornithological notebooks, diaries, photographs and letters of many noted ornithologists plus a collection of rare books, are now held at the Weston Library, where enquires should be directed.


Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy

The Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy is located in the Department of Plant Sciences with the collections covering plant taxonomy, systematics, floristics and plant evolution, in addition to special collections and historical material. The Library is closely associated with, and located alongside, the Oxford University Herbaria with many of the books and manuscripts in the Sherard Collection relating to specimens held in the Herbaria. Most famous of these is Sibthorp's Flora Graeca, now fully digitised.


Oxford Forest Information Service

Oxford Forestry Collections holds extensive collections of grey literature from across the globe, fully abstracted in association with CABI.


Recommend book, e-book, database or e-resource

If you think that the libraries should subscribe to, or purchase, a specific e-resource please complete the online recommendation form.

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