Service updates

Updates on services, resources, and support available to help you carry on with your work and research.

We'll keep this page – and our Twitter feed – up to date changes ahead of Michaelmas term 2021. For further help or questions, please email or use our Live Chat service.

Page last updated: 19 October 2021

Latest service changes

Library reading rooms

We have stopped the following services:

  • Space Finder / booking a time slot to use a library
  • Browse and Borrow
  • Click and Collect

Libraries are open to all readers and there is no need book unless specified by the individual library. Just come along with your University or Bodleian Reader card.

Books can now be borrowed from lending libraries by using the self scan machines or checking out at the information desk.

Access to the Bodleian Health Care Libraries (Cairns Library, Girdlestone Memorial Library, Horton Hospital Library) will remain limited due to COVID safety measures.

Staying safe in our reading rooms

If you or anyone you live with display symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until you are no longer required to self-isolate.

We will still:

  • Strongly encourage readers to wear face coverings in our library spaces
  • Request readers scan the NHS Test and Trace QR codes displayed in our spaces
  • Encourage all library users to limit close contact and respect others
  • Maintain an increased level of cleaning across our libraries
  • Keep our spaces will ventilated – you may want to wrap up warmly as the weather gets colder

If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please make sure you follow the current government rules for entering England before you access our libraries.

Clinically extremely vulnerable readers

Some areas of 2m+ socially distanced seats are available in many reading rooms to support readers who are clinically vulnerable or anxious about social distancing.

Readers with a referral from the Disability Advisory Service and the Disability Librarian are able to reserve these socially distanced seats. Other readers may use them on a walk-in/first-come basis.

If you would like to be able reserve these seats, please contact in the first instance.

Inter-library loans

Our service for requesting inter-library loans has now restarted.

Loan returns

Standard loan periods are now in operation across all our libraries. Please check individual libraries for details

If you are in Oxford, items should be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.

If you are not in Oxford, you can send items to us using the Royal Mail Tracked service or contact us if you are based internationally.

How to return loans.


Fines for overdue books are currently suspended, we will inform readers when they are reinstated.

Wi-Fi in the Bodleian Old Library and Radcliffe Camera

We apologise for current Wi-Fi issues in the Bodleian Old Library and Radcliffe Camera, we are working on a solution to resolve this as soon as possible.

Members of the University using both Eduroam and Bodleian-Libraries Wi-Fi are advised to turn off automatic connection to Eduroam. Readers who are able to connect to Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL) via VPN are recommended to use it. Thank you for your patience.

Remote services

The following remote services are available:

More about our remote access services

Self-isolating students

If you are self-isolating but need to borrow or return items you can:

  • Nominate someone to collect available books on your behalf by emailing full details to the relevant library
  • Ask someone else to return loans on your behalf

Bodleian Reader card holders

The Admissions Office has reopened to the public by appointment only. Find out how to book and guidance for arriving.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

We have a broad array of online services that are still available to Bodleian Reader card holders:

  • OffsiteScan – free scans from our offsite facility which holds over 10 million items. Requires a valid reader card.
  • Open Access eresources – use the Open Access filter in SOLO to find journals, articles and books that are available to all to read
  • Databases – many of our databases are also open to all. Please look for the circle symbol in our Databases A-Z

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