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August headlines and reminders for September



As usual, this time of year has not been one where news has been particularly forthcoming, given that the Library is very quiet  with only a small number of readers, largely postgraduate students and visiting scholars.

Accordingly, a look back on the Facebook page shows most of the activity around the announcement of the birth of Lidio’s daughter Rosa at the beginning of the month! Other than that, our Facebook content has mostly consisted of alerts that SOLO – which has been undergoing some work this summer – has been up, or down, or up again, but at least one regular reader has told us that this is actually really useful, so we will continue to use the Facebook page to keep everyone informed if there are any further problems.

Kate has been valiantly reclassifying the BP section, as mentioned in last month’s post, and is happy to announce that she has reclassified 427 books – representing 379 shelfmarks – since counting began at the beginning of July.

For the next couple of weeks there will be a small book-move taking place, with the space made by the last few months of reclassification re-distributed, so we apologise for any banging around which might happen . We’ll try to keep it down, but sometimes books fall over without warning and the resounding “BONG!!” from the metal shelves is rather loud.

A quick reminder about some closures coming up:  we are closed next Saturday, Monday and Tuesday (September 7th – 10th) for St Giles Fair. Reminders will be posted on Facebook nearer the time.


November Headlines and Christmas Matters


A bit late with this post, sorry! This is what happens when the month starts at a weekend…

November at OIL was its usual hectic self, bringing the rest of Michaelmas Term and the accompanying hive of activity, not to mention a run on the photocopiers towards the end of the month when people started gathering things to do over the Christmas Vacation.

In the Library we have been busy too, the KSL material for Korean Studies has been moved to the basement after re-labelling and a new consignment of books is being catalogued ready to be added to that as part of our Window on Korea project. These will be arriving gradually over the next few months; keep an eye on the shelves, or on SOLO! The Korea Room in the basement has also been in use (apologies to the group of students I barged in on last week!), which is excellent.

Our bit of reorganisation, moving the PLs and other small collections so that new metal shelving could be put in place has now been accomplished, and the new shelves look as if they have always been there, which is really the whole point of the exercise.

One of our regular book-moves to fill up gaps created by Kate’s reclassification project has been going on over the last few days. Do ask if anything has moved and you can’t find it! In most cases things have just shuffled along a bit, or possibly round a corner. Shelf labels will be updated when we have finished moving things.

Meanwhile, the Graduate Research Skills Toolkit session last week at IT services was well attended, and colleagues said that people were pleased to be given the chance to learn more about the various tools which are available for Orientalists.

Further afield, there have been a few problems with book deliveries due to large parts of Oxford being submerged last week, but the Porters soldiered through as best they could and the delays were minimal. Fingers crossed that we don’t get too much snow, or this may become a problem again.

Christmas Matters:

Vacation Lending is now in effect, and books borrowed at the moment are due back on the 14th January.

The Library closes for the Christmas break at 5pm on Thursday 20th December. Unfortunately, due to staff leave, we will not be open the preceding Saturday, 15th December, or on Saturday January 5th. Otherwise, we will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January and weekday opening hours will be as normal, 0915-1900.

Season’s Greetings from all at OIL!

Easter Closing


Our pretty new windows are now installed, although we don’t yet have handles to open them – apparently they’re coming after Easter!

We’re closing for Easter tonight at 7pm (Wednesday 4th April 2012), and re-opening on Tuesday 10th April at 9:15am.

Hope you all have a good long weekend.

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all had a good break, and haven’t missed us too much… OIL has now re-opened after our winter break, and we’ll be open 9:15am to 7pm every weekday from now onwards (and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays).

Vacation loans are due back on Monday 1st Week, 16th January 2012.

Christmas closing


Just a quick reminder that we’re closing this Wednesday (21st December 2011) at 5pm. We’ll re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at 9:15am. I hope you all have a great break, and see you in the New Year!

Books borrowed as vacation loans are due back on Monday 16th January 2012, Monday 1st Week.

Christmas Closed Dates


This winter the Bodleian Oriental Institute Library will be closed on the same days as the Oriental Institute faculty, from Thursday 22nd December to Monday 2nd January (inclusive). We will close at 5pm on Wednesday 21st December, and re-open at 9:15am on Tuesday 3rd January.

For all the rest of the vacation we will be open our normal hours, from 9:15am to 7pm each weekday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

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!

Summer Vacation Closed Days


The Bodleian Oriental Institute Library will be closed on the  following days:

Saturday 20th August 2011

Saturday 27th – Monday 29th August 2011

Saturday 3rd – Tuesday 6th September 2011

The rest of the vacation we’re open as normal, from 9:15 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.

Vacation Loans & Opening


We’re now into vacation borrrowing, so if you take out or renew any books you’ll be getting them until the 2nd May – which is Monday of 1st Week.

We’ll be open as normal through the vacation, from 9:15 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.

We’re closed for Easter from Thursday 21st April to Monday 25th April (inclusive).

We’re also closed on the morning of Monday 28th March, opening at 12 noon. This is because all the electricity for us, the Sackler and the Ashmolean will be cut off that morning! There will be works taking place in Pusey Lane all that week, so be warned that it may be noisy in the library.

We will be open as normal on the Royal Wedding and May Day bank holidays.

OIL open again


The Bodleian Oriental Institute Library is now open as usual, until Easter. We hope all our readers had good vacations!

Library books taken out before our break are due back on the 17th January (Monday of 1st Week), whilst books taken out from now onwards will be out for the standard two weeks.