SOLO - a new version of the Bodleian Libraries' catalogue now live

8 August 2011

Update 11.20am, 8 August 2011
Visibility of requested items currently at reading room locations

A software bug means that items that are currently at a reading room location as the result of a hold request are not visible via SOLO. The software suppliers are being pressed to correct this as soon as possible and a solution is expected by the end of September. We apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime.

SOLO – a new version of the Bodleian Libraries’ catalogue

On 22 July the Bodleian Libraries launched a new version of SOLO. This integrates the former OLIS (WebOPAC and telnet versions) and can be searched by anybody anywhere in the world. Registered readers need to use only one interface both to locate collections and to order them, but can then also renew loans and holds, check their patron record, etc. Also, once signed on to SOLO, Oxford members who are working off-campus will have seamless access to subscription e-resources without having to sign on again.

More about SOLO

Since 2008 SOLO has been a search and discovery tool for the major collections of the libraries of the University of Oxford. As well as searching the University libraries’ print and electronic holdings and title links to more than 1,100 databases on OxLIP+, it also searches ORA (Oxford University Research Archive), the Bodleian Library Allegro Chinese and Allegro Japanese catalogues and the Refugee Studies Cardbox catalogue (mostly grey literature published before 2004).

from 22 July, in addition to patron functions, the new version of SOLO also features enhanced searching functionality, especially in Advanced Search where an additional search box and new fields have been added. For instance, scholars researching early printed books will welcome the addition of certain searches such as date of publication, place of publication and publisher.

Unlike OLIS, SOLO allows registered readers to save search results and set up search alerts; all registered readers, including non-Oxford users, can also save details of collections to a personal e-shelf.

Signing on to SOLO after 22 July

Readers who wish to check the status of books, stack requests, use the e-shelf, etc. need to be registered readers before they can sign on to SOLO. Oxford members should sign on with their Single Sign On details; non-Oxford members will continue to sign on with their Library Card barcode and associated password.

Need help with SOLO?

A SOLO guide gives helpful instruction how to use it. A series of SOLO workshops will be offered after the go-live. See the timetable for details and bookings. Do not hesitate to contact library staff who can also assist with any enquiries or problems.

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