Archive for October, 2011

Islamic Seals talk today 4pm


Just a reminder that we’ve got Annabel Gallop from the British Library coming to give a talk about Islamic Seals today at 4pm. This talk is totally free and open to all, and will be held in Room 314 of the Oriental Institute.


How to Print, Copy and Scan: 5 Key Facts


As it’s the start of a new academic year, we’ve got lots of new students and students returning from years abroad in the library. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to do printing, photocopying and scanning. All of the Bodleian Libraries (i.e. most of the Oxford libraries that aren’t part of colleges) now use the same system, called PCAS, that was introduced a year ago.

Here’s the five key facts:

  • PCAS stands for Print, Copy and Scan – the one system covers all three actions. So yes, this means that you can now scan and print in the Oriental Institute Library, as well as just photocopying.
  • You register for an account yourself online at, making up your own username and password. Make sure it’s something that you’ll remember!
  • You can add credit in 3 different ways: using a credit or debit card online; going to the Old Bodleian where you can top up using cash; or we can transfer credit from an old-style photocopying card to your new account (useful for students returning from their years abroad!)
  • Once you’ve created your account, you can do photocopying and scanning by simply going to any of the ‘photocopiers’ in any Bodleian Library and using your account username and password. You can also link your university card to your account using any photocopier – this means you don’t need to type in the username and password each time.
  • Any print jobs done at any library computer automatically go to PCAS, and you can also upload files to be printed from home using Once you’ve sent a print job to your PCAS account you will see the option to print it when you log in to any of our ‘photocopiers’, anywhere in the Bodleian Libraries.

If you want more info on PCAS, head to where there are lots of step-by-step guides. Or just ask at any Bodleian Libraries desk, we’re here to help!

Vacation loans due back today


Remember, everyone, vacation loans are due back today!

To renew a book:

  • Go to SOLO 
  • Click ‘Oxford SSO’ in the upper right corner of the webpage, and enter your Single Sign On details
  • Then click ‘My Account’ in the upper right corner of the webpage
  • A list of all your loans from any Oxford library should appear- click ‘Renew’ on the items you want to renew

Islamic Seals talk 20th Oct @ 4pm


A seal engraver, drawn in the Kashmiri style, ca 1850. Add.Or.1692. © The British Library

On Thursday 20th October at 4pm, Annabel Gallop from the British Library will give a talk in Room 314 in the Oriental Institute on Islamic Seals: Treasures from the British Library and the British Museum’. This talk is totally free and open to all – please come along!

The talk will complement the British Museum & British Library travelling exhibition about Islamic Seals, that has been displayed in the Oriental Institute reception & inside the library for the past few months.

Michaelmas Term 2011 & New Library Catalogue


Michaelmas Term 2011 is starting next week – hello to all our new students, welcome back to all our continuing ones!

Library books that were borrowed over the vacation are due back on Monday 1st Week, don’t forget…

There have been some quite large changes over the summer – the old OLIS library catalogue has gone, all book finding is now done through SOLO –

If a book says its location is “Bodleian Library” and its Status is “Remote Store”, this means it’s in storage and needs to be ordered to a library if you want to read it. You can do this by logging into SOLO up in the top right-hand corner – click “Oxford SSO” and put in your Single Sign On details (the same username and password that you use to get your emails). To request a book that has it’s location as Remote Store, click on the blue word “Hold”. You can request books to the Oriental Institute Library or to lots of other different libraries.

When you’re logged into SOLO you can also see all the books you’ve got out from Oxford libraries, and renew them yourself. Just click on “My Account” inthe top right-hand corner of the page.

If you need any help with this, just ask at any library desk. We’ll be happy to help!