Find things in the Library

Library Floorplan

Library floorplanHere is a map showing the floorplan of the library.  Click on the image to view a larger version (PDF, 57.3KB, opens in a new window).

The library is based on the ground floor of the Manor Road Building, which also houses a number of the departments within the Social Science Division.

Further details about physical access to the library are available on our Services for readers with disabilities page.


Issue desk services

Bodleian Social Science Library issue deskThe library has one main issue desk, which offers the following services:

  • Borrowing and returning Social Science Library books
  • Collecting Holds (Stack Requests - for use in the library only) from the Social Science Reading Room location
  • Collecting "Click & Collect" items or Holds (Reservations - for borrowing) from the Social Science Library
  • Borrowing High Demand Collection books (these have the text "Issue Desk" after the Call Number on SOLO)
  • Requesting material from the closed access Refugee Studies Collection
  • Borrowing or buying equipment and stationery (services currently suspended)
  • Answering any queries on photocopying and printing, library passwords and finding resources in the library and online.
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Finding books in the library

Bodleian Social Science Library book shelvesThe Bodleian Social Science Library uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme to arrange books according to their subject matter.

The book collection is arranged along one side of the library in an A-Z sequence.

A small reference collection including encyclopaedias and dictionaries is located opposite the issue desk.

There is a new research books display at the end of the issue desk.  The display included both legal deposit material relating to the social sciences and purchased books recommended by the library's Subject Consultants.

Once you have finished using a book, please return it to the relevant shelving trolley so that it can be replaced on the shelf by staff and used by the next reader. One shelving trolley is designated for "library use only" books as they are shelved as a priority on a daily basis.  If you are not sure where to put your books then please ask a member of staff, who will be happy to help.

Browsing guides

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Finding journals in the library

Academic journals and serials are organised alphabetically by title on the east side of the library. The shelfmark on SOLO displays as "Per A", "Per B" etc., where "Per" is an abbreviation of Periodical and the letter is the letter in the journal title.  For instance, World Politics has the shelfmark Per W.

Current issues of selected journals are displayed in the main aisle of the library.

Study spaces

Bodleian Social Science Library Study SpaceThe library has a wide variety of spaces to work in - full details are available on our study spaces page.


Discussion Rooms

Bodleian Social Science Library discussion roomMembers of the Social Sciences Division (including undergraduates) can book our discussion rooms for group work.  The small room comfortably seats 8 and the larger room seats 16. Both rooms are equipped with whiteboards: marker pens and board rubbers can be borrowed from the issue desk. Ethernet and powerpoints are also available. These rooms can be booked in advance by members of the departments in the Social Sciences Division for academic-related purposes. 

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