Keeping Social Scientists Reading : FAQs for SSL Readers

If your question is not answered below, please contact us by email for help.

Social Science Library Reading Rooms

Access to the library is strictly by advance booking only, to ensure the continued safety of our staff and readers.

To book a desk space, including desks with PCs and height-adjustable desks, please visit our bookings page, select the category of workspace you would like to use and make a booking for each half-day you wish to visit the library.

You can book workspaces a maximum of three days in advance.

After submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information on the new arrangements in place in our libraries. Please read this carefully.

For more information on the re-opening of Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms, please visit the Using Reading Rooms page.

Can I still borrow books from the Social Science Library?

You can borrow physical books from the Social Science Library by placing a "Click & Collect" request on SOLO and you will receive an email inviting you to book a specific date and time to collect the requested books (Monday to Friday 12pm-4pm).

See the Click & Collect page for more information. 

Can I still return books to the Social Science Library?

You may return books to the Social Science Library between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. You do not need to book a workspace in the library just to return books.

Temporary Returns Hubs have also been set up at various locations across Oxford to accept returns of Bodleian Libraries books. See the loan returns page for details.

Items taken from college libraries should be returned directly to the college library. 

It is now also possible for readers who are not coming back to Oxford to return items by post.

What other services are the Bodleian Libraries offering while some of the physical libraries are still closed?

Click & Collect

Click & Collect is available at other Bodleian Libraries besides the Social Science Library. See the Click & Collect page for more information. 

Scan & Deliver

Use the Scan & Deliver service to request book chapters and journal articles from many of the Bodleian Libraries (including the Social Science Library). Request items using the "LibraryScan" button on SOLO.

See Scan & Deliver page for more information.

Other Services

Detailed answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the current services on offer can be found at Bodleian Libraries updates page. Topics include:
  • Closure/Re-opening status of libraries
  • Interlibrary loan and document supply
  • Electronic Legal Deposit
  • Entitlements for alumni and other Bodleian card holders
  • Recommendations for purchase
  • Troubleshooting access to electronic resources
  • Access to special collections

I have a question about one of the Bodleian Libraries' online services, where should I go to get an answer?

Visit the Bodleian Libraries updates page for information on:
  • Electronic Resources accessible to all
  • Resources accessible to University of Oxford members
  • Resources for Alumni
  • Enquiries, guidance and help.
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