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New! Ebrary Academic Complete collection now available


Following a successful trial in Trinity Term 2013, Oxford readers now have access to over 84,000 extra e-books in the Ebrary Academic Complete collection. The books come from 500 prestigious academic publishers and range across all disciplines.

The books are all displayed and searchable on SOLO  or in OxLIP+ as Ebrary Academic Complete (you will need your SSO – single sign on username and password).

The ebooks are mounted on the ProQuest platform with multiuser access and University members also can download ebooks for a period of 14-days onto mobile devices. The package will be updated regularly. Our subscription runs until August 2015.

Publishers include OUP and other UK academic presses, various US academic presses (e.g. Yale, Princeton, Harvard), Brill, Garnet, Sage, Routledge, I.B. Tauris and many more.


Brill Online Islam Workshop


Eagle-eyed readers will probably have noticed the posters around the Library for next week’s workshop, but just in case you haven’t…

Next Wednesday, 16th January, there is a workshop on The Brill Online Islam Package as a Research Tool at the Radcliffe Science Library from 1400-1600. The package includes many useful resources including the Encyclopaedia of the Quran online, the Index Islamicus and the Bibliography of Arabic Books online.

Places are limited, and attendees will be given a token which allows FREE access to Brill’s extensive online resources for 7 days, which is a real incentive.

Email Dinah Manisty ( to book a place.

Brill notice

October Headlines


Wow, that went by quickly!! After the tranquillity of September, October always seems like a mad rush, but entirely in a good way, I can assure you!

The return of established students and the arrival of the new intake of undergraduates and postgraduates is always an exciting time. Our Library Open Day on 5th October was a great success, with many new and known faces visiting the library to take advantage of the free sweets and (hopefully) listen to the various subject specialists and yours truly talking about what the library has to offer in terms of support for the courses run by the faculty and also (me) encouraging people to get involved in the Social Media activities of the Library.

We very much enjoyed meeting everyone and hope that the experience was helpful. It certainly has felt a bit less fraught here in the first manic weeks of term and we have wondered whether that was because people felt less nervous of us! I am pleased to report that the Facebook Page ( now has 282 “likes”; not quite the 300 by the end of the first week that I had hoped for, but still pretty good!

Elsewhere the work has now been completed on the Window on Korea multimedia room in the basement. We have yet to set up a formal booking procedure for the room, so for now it’s probably best just to ask in the Library if you need to use it, but we will let you know when we have something more official set up.  The nice brass plaque has been attached to the wall, and we have moved some of the Korean Studies books to the KSL (Korean Studies Library) section, which is round the corner in the basement where the Middle East Library books used to be. A large consignment of new Korean books is on its way as well, as yet we do not have a definitive date for when these will arrive.

The photos are from our Open Day. We all especially like this one of Jonathan modelling the t-shirt!

On Shelfmarks, and why they are important


As our new intake of students are finding out, shelf-marking at OIL is not always straightforward. This is an historical problem, and not one confined just to our library – for an overview of the situation at the Bodleian, I recommend the excellent Bodleian press-marks in relation to classification by G.W. Wheeler, (shelf mark – 2960 d. Oxf. 1.13) written in 1916 but still a valuable source for anyone wishing to understand why the systems used by the Library are so complicated.

But I digress. At OIL the problem arises mostly from the fact that our books have arrived here from several different sources and are subsequently classified in several different ways. This is reflected in the labelling systems we use, for example the collection upstairs contains black labels made of tape with white numbers, which follow a loose version of the Library of Congress Classification, and also the white-labelled books which follow the “Oxford” version of the Library of Congress Classification, developed for use by the Bodleian and other libraries. (There are many books on this subject on SOLO; but believe me, it’s not really that important that readers know how it works in any detail).

In the Library there are also (deep breath) books from the former Oriental Reading Room, reference books from sections including those downstairs, and in the basement there are several more schemes in use including the Hebrew section, numerical classification for the Syriac and other small collections, as well as the Indian Institute books which use their own scheme (which was designed to be used in the building which just finished being the History Faculty Library).

Most of the abovementioned are fairly easy for us to tell apart, and therefore when someone asks us about something from the basement we can usually say where it will be with some authority.

Where the confusion arises is with the ground floor collections, which mirror each other fairly broadly, especially in large sections like BP and PJ. It is VERY IMPORTANT when asking us about these that readers write down the whole shelf mark!! I know it’s a pain, and they’re long, and sometimes they make no sense, but if we’re given a shelf mark that’s written “PJ 6416… [I lost interest here]” we can’t give you accurate information about where the book is. We WANT to help, but we need more than just the first two elements of the shelf mark if we are going to do so.

There is also an ongoing programme of reclassification taking place, which means that the books with the black labels are gradually being relabelled and added to the new LC section. At the moment the BPs are being done, and all new books are also being added to LC.

In short, do feel free to ask us if you can’t find something, but PLEASE try to give us as much information as possible!

Thank you.

Network Disruptions next week


We have been asked to inform readers that there are going to be interruptions to SOLO next week, due to essential server maintenance which are going to affect all library networks. On Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th August, there will be work going on between 0700 and 1100, with SOLO likely to be affected until 1130 as it takes a while to switch back on.

We are assured that this work is vital and apologise for any inconvenience. There is a chance that the works will take less time than anticipated, in which case we will post on our Facebook page/Twitter feed if the services are available sooner than thought.

Thanks for your patience!

Bags allowed in library


Following a large number of reader requests, combined with complaints regarding the obstruction to the throughfare provided by bags in the lobby, reasonably sized bags are now allowed into the library.

This means that large handbags, laptop bags and small rucksacks are now permitted – larger ‘backpacker’ style rucksacks and suitcases are still not allowed. Bags should be kept under your desk, not blocking aisles.

Bags may not be left unattended inside the library – please take them with you when you leave!

This policy change brings us in line with many other Oxford libraries.

Scan & Deliver


In the middle of April the Bodleian Libraries launched a new service, Scan & Deliver. Instead of requesting a book to be sent from the Book Storage Facility to a library, you can choose to have them scan one chapter, article or 5% of the book for you. Within 24 hours it’ll be put on a server, and you’ll be sent a link to see it online.

The service is still in it’s early days, and is currently only available for Oxford University staff & students – you have to log into SOLO with a Single Sign On account before using it. It costs £4.75 per item, and payment is taken from your PCAS account. If you’ve got any feedback about the service, please e-mail

For more details see the History Library’s step-by-step tutorial: or visit the Scan & Deliver webpage:

Trinity Term 2012


A lot of our regular readers seem to have returned now, and I know lots of you are having Oral Exams today – good luck! Ditto to anyone with Collections today or tomorrow…

All vacation loans are due back on Monday of 1st Week (23rd April), so if you had books out please remember to renew or return them over the next few days to avoid fines.

Our exciting new windows are now fully installed, with handles and everything! Apparently the scaffolding will be removed next week, so we’ll soon be all back to normal.

Mac wireless problems


Some Mac users have recently been having problems logging onto any of the Oxford wireless networks. Apparently this is due to an ‘upgraded’ piece of software, Mac OS X Lion. The Bod Law Library has some ways to fix this here: and there’s another possible work-around here:

Good luck!

Vacation loans until 16th Jan 2012


It’s finally nearing the end of term!

Any books lent or renewed from now onwards will be due back on Monday 1st Week (16th January 2012). You can still borrow up to 6 books, as normal.