COVID-19: Supporting our Readers

The library building is beginning its gradual re-opening, with limited access to current members. We are working hard to support readers as much as possible this academic term. Furthre information on how we are trying to support College-specific needs while ensuring a consistency of health and safety protocols across our University community to follow.

For advice, please get in touch:


Library accounts

All student book loans have been extended until 14 October 2020 and students can now borrow a maximum of 50 books.


Ebooks and eresources

You can check what ebooks, ejournals and databases are already available online using SOLO (sign in to get more search results). Resources with a green ‘Online access’ button allow remote access.

Many academic publishers are offering temporary free access to ebook collections and databases. A list can be found on the Bodleian Libraries’ Covid-19 ebooks guide.

If you can’t find an ebook you need, please email and we will look into purchasing access for you if possible.


Access to library books

It is usually possible for us to post library books to a UK home address, although staff access to the library is limited. Please include the book’s shelfmark in your request to

We can also scan a chapter of a library book or a journal article for individual study. Please include the book or journal’s shelfmark in your request to A copyright declaration will need to be acknowledged by email.


Print book purchases

If you need to use an entire book and we don’t have a copy available or the option to purchase an ebook, we will look into purchasing a copy to be sent directly to your home (UK or EU addresses). These books will be put on your account and processed fully on their return to the library. Please contact


Information for tutors

Reading lists

We can mark up lists to show where online resources are already available, and we can request ebook versions of priority items. Staff are also able to offer support with ORLO reading lists.

Scans for teaching

Library staff can assist tutors in making and sharing scanned chapters legally under the CLA licence. Send details of the part(s) you wish to scan, together with the name of the course, the duration of the course and the names of the students who need the scan to We will check what is possible under the licence and manage the necessary reporting of scans to the university.