Archive for the ‘Vacations’ Category

November headlines and announcements for December


OIL has seen a change in our staffing this month, as we welcomed Hannie Riley from the Chinese Studies Library, who is now with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while our own Kenan goes to CSL. Hannie will be responsible for the cataloguing of some of the Korean materials which have come to us as part of the Window on Korea project, as well as working on the desk.

We have had a reasonable response to our Facebook Mystery Object competition, which is now closed for entries. An announcement will come during 8th week as to who has won the top prize of the £10 Blackwell’s voucher, and who has won the runner-up, chocolate related prize. We are able to divulge that someone actually found the correct-ish answer!

We’ve also had a sudden rush of new likes on the FB page, which has taken us to 538, which is amazing! Hopefully we are getting the balance right of not posting too much and spamming everyone’s timelines. Luckily, SOLO has been behaving, so we’ve not been posting every five minutes like we were over the summer…

While we’re on the subject, we should urge people to book for the Research Skills Toolkit session for Orientalists which is on Wednesday 4th December . It’s only a couple of hours and you may find something very useful!


Looking forward to December, the Library will close for the Christmas holiday on Friday December 20th at 5pm. This is the same day that the rest of the building closes. We re-open on Thursday 2nd January.

Vacation loans for library books start next Monday, 2nd December, and will take you though to the Tuesday of 1st Week of Hilary Term – January 21st. Any renewals made on or after Monday will also take this into account. 


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.

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.

OI Building Work


This Easter vacation the Oriental Institute is having many of its windows replaced. This may make the library quite noisy (and sometimes possibly quite cold), but we will be trying to keep up our normal opening hours. The work will happen in 4 main stages:
– The bike chain at the front of the building will be removed this Friday (24th Feb 2012). All bikes should be removed by 3:00pm or they will be left unsecured, no longer locked to anything.
– Then through the last weeks of term scaffolding will be erected, covering the front of the building.
– During the vacation itself the windows will be replaced. The Library is scheduled to be re-windowed from Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th of March, but this may change.
– Finally at the start of next term the scaffolding will be removed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!