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From the Bodleian’s Public Engagement Department

Roots to Seeds: The Weston Library’s exhibition based on MPLS research

3D raised image was used to explain the layout of the Oxford Botanic GardenRoots to Seeds, currently open in the ST Lee Gallery in the Weston Library, is in its final weeks: the exhibition closes on 24 October. Marking the anniversary of the foundation of the Oxford Botanic Garden in 1621, the exhibition reflects on four centuries of botanical research and teaching in the University. Founded with a focus on medicinal plants, the Physic Garden became the stage upon which plant sciences evolved in the University for nearly 350 years. From these beginnings, the exhibition traces the study of botany in Oxford through examining such aspects as the history of development of naming and classification of plants, the creation of the University Herbaria, the introduction of Agriculture and Forestry alongside Botany within Plant Sciences, the contemporary technology of molecular biology as applied to plants, and the legacies of colonialism, among many other subjects. 


The Bodleian is working to facilitate people with disabilities to be able to enjoy our exhibitions. Bucks Vision Group, a group for adults with a visual impairment, visited Roots to Seeds for a touch tour, led by curator Professor Stephen Harris and Susan Griffiths, GLAM Community Engagement Officer. The objects on display were audio described and a 3D raised image was used to explain the layout of the Oxford Botanic Garden. The group discovered the stories behind 400 years of botany teaching and research, and they were able to handle specimens from the Department of Plant Sciences

Open Access news

UKRI grant update

UKRI currently provides the University of Oxford with a yearly block grant to support open access publishing, with the funding cycle running from 1st April-31st March. The grant is fully allocated at this point in time, meaning that individual APC payments are on pause. This is due in part to the need to conserve funds for transformative Read & Publish deals which support publishing and access to resources and which enable all Oxford corresponding authors to publish their articles  in full compliance with funder requirements.

It may be possible to support individual APC payments for fully open access journals in early 2022 but until then, in order to support academics in their open access publishing, Oxford’s UKRI grant will only be funding ‘transformative agreement’ open access articles. To ensure compliance with UKRI policy, and to make your article open access, there are two routes to choose from:

  1. Publish in a journal covered by a transformative agreement with the University of Oxford.
  2. For other journal titles, please use the ‘green route’ and deposit the accepted manuscript into ORA. You can check whether a journal supports the green route using Sherpa Romeo.

For any queries, please contact openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  (general queries about policy) or apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  (queries about deals and payments).

Online resources

Web of Science has a new search interface.

Library services

Opening hours at the VHL and RSL

Term-time opening hours start from Saturday 8 October:

  • 9am-10pm Monday to Friday
  • 10am-4pm Saturday
  • 11am-5pm Sunday

Safety and COVID-19 measures

It’s no longer necessary to book in order to visit libraries in person. Up-to-date information on safety and COVID-19 measures for Bodleian Libraries readers.

Information for new readers

The RSL has posted a welcome to new readers, giving pointers to SOLO, our Subject and Research Guides and where to find help using library services.

VHL and RSL 360° Virtual Induction Tour 

We are very pleased to be able to provide you with a much more immersive 360 degree introduction to our library with this video created with innovative VR 360 technology from the RSL’s virtual reality service. Just move your cursor to experience the full 360 effect in any part of the video!

Are you an Oxford University student/member and want to create your own 360 VR videos, borrow or experiment with VR equipment, or just learn more about the technologies available and their potential applications? Read more information about Virtual Reality services provided by the Radcliffe Science Library.