Finishing your degree

Three students in gowns, throwing their mortar boards in the air

Return all library books

If you have any books borrowed from university libraries please return them to the owning library before you leave. This will save on postage or return trips to Oxford (and fines!) later.

Book donations

If you've got any of your own books you don't need any longer, the library would be happy to receive donations of social sciences textbooks.

Pay for outstanding fines and lost books

You can pay for all fines owed to any of the Bodleian Libraries in any lending library in the Bodleian Libraries group. If you owe money for lost books you will need to visit the library that owns the book you have lost.

Alternatively you can pay for your fines and SSL books you may have lost via the online store. You will need to know the exact amount owed in each case, and you can find this out by signing in to SOLO and looking at "My Account". If you are no longer able to sign in to SOLO, or have any questions please contact the library.

Use up your PCAS credit

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it all before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires. It will be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status, and all enquiries should be sent to

You can also use your PCAS credit to pay for  Scan & DeliverBodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

Alumni privileges

Reader's card

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Reader's Card (this is different to your Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the Getting a reader's card page.

Alumni access to resources

Getting an Alumni card has a lot of benefits including some discounts and access to resources. More information on how to get an Alumni card is available on the Oxford Alumni Card page. More information on Alumni access to selected resources can be found on the Bodleian Alumni access to resources page.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries' RefWorks page.

Not leaving Oxford yet?

If you are continuing your studies at Oxford in the next academic year, but your card is expiring soon don't worry! We can extend your membership of the SSL to continue borrowing books until your new course starts if you provide:

  • an official letter to show you have been conditionally accepted on a Masters course/DPhil; OR
  • an e-mail to the main library account from someone in your department to confirm you have been accepted or conditionally accepted.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide swipe access to the library or remote access to Electronic Resources (other than those available to alumni, see above) until you receive your new University Card.

Best of luck!

Whatever you are going on to do when you finish your studies at the University of Oxford, we wish you the best of luck.

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