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: 5 July 2022

Latest service changes

Leopold Muller Memorial Library closure: June – September 2022

Due to essential and unavoidable construction work, the Leopold Muller Memorial Library is currently closed and will not re-open until mid–late September. For more information, visit the LMML homepage. If you have any questions or require more support, please contact

Tylor Library moving to the Social Science Library: June 2022

The Tylor Library for Social and Cultural Anthropology (currently housed at 51 Banbury Road) is moving to the Social Science Library (Manor Road Building). This change will provide students and researchers using anthropology collections with longer library opening hours and a broader range of library services. It comes ahead of the move of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography to the Le Gros Clark Building.

The Tylor Library closed on 17 June. Any Tylor Library books can now be returned to the SSL.

It will take around 4 weeks for collections to be reprocessed and added to the SSL open shelves. The SSL will remain open as normal throughout. If you require an ex-Tylor Library item and it is not yet available on the SSL shelves, email Library staff will locate the item and put it on hold under your name. Please allow 3 days for requests to be completed. You will receive an automated email once the item is ready for you to collect.

All online services (ORLO, ebooks, ejournals etc) will remain the same and Helen Worrell will continue to be your subject librarian, so do get in touch if you have any questions or resource needs ( In future Helen will split her time between the SSL and the Sackler Library.

Library service disruptions: 16 – 23 August 2022

The University of Oxford's libraries are switching to a new system. While we move our data, some services will be reduced or unavailable between 16 – 23 August (inclusive). Find out more about changes to services during this period.

Staying safe in our reading rooms

Libraries are open to all readers, and there is no need to book unless specified by the individual library. 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.


Fines for overdue items are currently suspended. Find out more about fines from the Bodleian Libraries.

Bodleian Reader card holders

The Admissions Office is open to the public, and you no longer need to book an appointment in advance. Find out more about when the Admissions Office is open and our guidance for applying to join the libraries.

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