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Update on RSL refurbishment

Work continues on the refurbishment of the RSL (Radcliffe Science Library) building. Until this is completed the RSL collections based at the VHL (Vere Harmsworth Library) will continue to provide access to scientific books, lending services, silent study spaces and bookable group study rooms. The refurbished RSL building is still on schedule to reopen for Michaelmas term 2023. We’ll have a range of new spaces including comfortable seating, group study rooms and spaces for Teams calls. More details and pictures from our recent RSL site visit

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Project for the renovated RSL: Diversifying Portraiture

The RSL is committed to supporting an inclusive culture and being a space where everyone feels welcome, valued and respected when it reopens in Summer 2023.  As part of this action, the library will be launching two events to celebrate and highlight past and present contribution to science and medicine at Oxford from a diverse community.

  1. A competition to celebrate historical scientists from under-represented groups.
  2. A call to nominate students and staff who have made outstanding contributions to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion through their research, outreach, or daily working practices.

Further details will be circulated in due course. 

New Journals

We have now arranged access to the journals Vet Record and Vet Record Case Reports. This journal will be of interest to researchers who work with animals or do research related to animals. As well as those who are interested in developments in veterinary medicine, pharmacology and diagnosis. These journals are available through SOLO: Veterinary Record & Veterinary Record Case Reports. To access them off campus use the VPN or sign in to the journal platform with your Single Sign On (SSO). 

We also have Science Robotics, an excellent journal on robotics and how it is used in many fields.

Communications – what works for you?

In the Bodleian Libraries we want to communicate with you in the ways that you find easiest. We have a range of social media channels and are considering using others. As much as we’d like to bring back our old My Space page, we hear people aren’t really using that anymore . Let us know how you would like to hear information from the libraries on our new journals and databases, the time saving training we offer, the great facilities in our libraries and more?

  • Departmental Newsletter
  • MPLS Divisional Newsletter
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Posters in the library
  • Carrier pigeon

Please let us know your thoughts on these channels or any other ideas you have for communications by contacting 

Open Access

Jisc and UK institutions are in negotiation with Springer Nature to reach a sustainable read and publish agreement for the Springer, Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals.