Service updates

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

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Page last updated: 30 May 2023

Latest service changes

Staying safe in our reading rooms

Libraries are open to all readers — just come along with your University or Bodleian Reader card. Check library opening hours before you travel, as these may change at short notice.

Wearing a face covering is now a personal choice. Please be respectful to those who choose to continue wearing one. Face masks must still be worn by anyone working on a hospital site and you should follow the latest guidance on the Oxford University Hospitals website if this applies to you.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please follow University guidelines regarding self-isolation. 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

Clinically 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 to reserve these seats, please contact in the first instance.

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