Online and remote access

This page covers how to access our resources when you are not in one of our libraries.

University of Oxford students and staff have access to a wider range of digital resources, including remote access. Bodleian Reader card holders can only access our digital resources from a library computer or a device connected to our ‘Bodleian-Libraries’ Wi-Fi network, not from offsite.

Access to copies

Access to digital resources

The Bodleian Libraries subscribes to a very wide range of digital resources, and we are subject to conditions on the use of the licensed resources we provide.

E-resources may be used for study and research but not for commercial purposes.

For University members

If you are connected to a University of Oxford network, you will be able to access most e-resources without needing to provide a username or password. You can be allocated an Oxford IP address from anywhere in the world through the University's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

If you are not on a University network, you can log in to SOLO using your Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) to get access to all of the Bodleian Libraries’ databases, electronic reference works, e-books and e-journals.


Use the Online Resources filter in SOLO to access search over 1.4 million e-books and 118,000 journal articles and – where possible – subscription copies of electronic legal deposit material.

Where available links are provided to:

  • Download PDFs
  • Download a subscription copy (electronic legal deposit material)
  • Read articles or books on a third party publisher’s
  • View contents on a third party publisher’s site

We also have a guide to accessing and using e-books.

HathiTrust: public domain books

You can access 4 million items directly from the HathiTrust website. Download in full whole volumes of public domain books.

Readers with print disabilities will be able to request full book downloads on copyrighted items via the Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU).

  1. Follow the yellow login button
  2. Enter Oxford into the search box
  3. Select University of Oxford to be redirected to the SSO login screen.

BrowZine: journals

You can access online and – where possible – electronic legal print material on BrowZine.

Search for Bodleian Libraries as your institution and you will be redirected to your SSO login screen.

You can then search directly for titles.

BrowZine also offers features to save and favourite texts

All e-journals (including articles from before 2005) can also be found on SOLO.


We have access to over 1,000 electronic databases, a large number can be accessed away from the libraries. All of Oxford’s databases are accessible via SOLO (filter by Databases under Resource Type) and also via Databases A-Z.

Reading lists

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) provides 24/7 access to reading lists from a range of devices, including direct links to online full-text where available. For more information, visit our ORLO guide.

Other digital resources

You can login with your SSO to access the following services:

For everyone

The following resources are available to all researchers:

Books and journals

Articles, dissertations and theses

Manuscripts and archives

  • Digital Bodleian: Explore over a million images of rare books and manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries and Oxford colleges.


A small number of electronic resources have different, specific licence conditions. If in any doubt, please speak to a member of staff in one of the Bodleian Libraries or contact us.


If you have any queries about access to e-resources, please contact

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