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Library services

Building works at the Rothermere American Institute (RAI)

Building works are ongoing at the RAI and are scheduled to continue up to and including the week commencing 28 November 2022 (week 8 of Michaelmas Term). The work involves some noise disruption and the Vere Harmsworth Library may need to close at short notice.

Further information on the work can be found on the VHL blog, and updates will also be announced on VHL Twitter and VHL Facebook.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our readers.

3D printing and scanning services

We would like to remind all members of MSD that the Radcliffe Science Library has a low-cost 3D printing service which is available to all members of the University. We also have 3D scanning equipment for the creation of virtual 3D objects.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using the service, please contact the 3D Printing team.

Further information, including how to submit an order, can be found on the online guide to 3D printing and scanning.

VR equipment lending service

The RSL has VR headsets and a 360° camera which are available for loan. Please contact with any queries about this service.

Further information on VR equipment.

New resources

Open Scholarship updates

New Read and Publish deals

The University has signed up to several new publisher (R&P) deals, most recently with the American Psychological Association and Optica. You can see the details of these deals (and others) on the publisher deals page.

Supporting open initiatives

As part of our ongoing efforts to build a sustainable future for scholarly publishing, Oxford University has begun supporting open initiatives. These initiatives include: DOAJ, Neuroanatomy and Behaviour, Peer Community Journal and SciPost. To find out more about these initiatives or find out if an initiative you support is being supported please see the new open initiatives web page

Call for lightning talk speakers

This year’s theme for open access week (October 24th-30th) is ‘Open for Climate Justice’. Open Scholarship Support are planning a single (online) event of ‘Climate lightning talks’ alongside a short talk on the forthcoming ORA Climate Portal (similar in type to the recent COVID portal). Each presentation need not be more than 7 minutes and should address the theme of the week ‘Open for Climate Justice.’

Any interested presenters would need to be available on Thursday 27th October afternoon. Please contact to express interest.

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 readings lists for students to access from their Canvas course or from our ORLO reading lists 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.