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Library services

Term-time opening hours

Term-time opening hours are now in force at the Vere Harmsworth Library and the Radcliffe Science Library. We are open as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 10pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Information for new students

The Bodleian Libraries website has a set of “Getting started” guides to library services, covering finding resources, borrowing, online access, copying and scanning services, library wifi, training, getting published, open scholarship, research data management, copyright, reference management and how to get further help

There’s also a series of “how to” guides, covering how to search SOLO, e-books, reading lists, special collections, and legal deposit.

The Radcliffe Science Library is primary library in Oxford for science and pre-clinical medicine. The RSL is temporarily operating out of the Vere Harmsworth Library while extensive refurbishment takes place on its regular home. See information on RSL services and contact details.

Online Reading Lists Reminder

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) is Oxford's tool for creating online reading lists. You can use ORLO to set up smart-looking, linked reading lists for students to access from their Canvas course or from our ORLO webpage – linked to full-text resources and catalogue availability data and in an accessible, digital environment. 

Library staff are available to support our MPLS colleagues create and update reading lists on ORLO, so please get in touch for any assistance required with lists for Michaelmas Term.  For help with ORLO please contact your subject librarian.



The Bodleian iSkills workshops develop your skills in information discovery and scholarly communications, covering a variety of resources across a wide range of disciplines.

Workshops cover:

  • Information discovery and searching for scholarly materials
  • Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley for managing references and formatting footnotes and bibliographies
  • Keeping up to date with new research
  • Measuring research impact
  • Understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property
  • Open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access
  • Managing your research data

Full programme and details of how to book a place.

iSkills for Undergraduate Science, Michaelmas term 2022

This term, RSL staff are presenting a programme of iSkills workshops tailored to the needs of science undergraduates. Topics covered include:

  • Explore Virtual Reality and 3D printing
  • Easier referencing with RefWorks
  • Successful searching for your assignments
  • Sources for science

More details on iSkills for undergraduate science

Help the RSL highlight contributions to science from under-represented groups

The RSL is committed to supporting an inclusive culture and being a space where everyone feels welcome, valued and respected when it re-opens in Summer 2023.

As a part of this action, we would like to celebrate and highlight past and present contributions to science in Oxford from people from under-represented groups, and we need your help to do this. For more details, please see the Science and Medicine blog.