Statues of Lord Eldon and his brother, Lord Stowell in Univ libraryFinding Resources during the COVID-19 Library Closure

University College Library is currently closed until further notice. We appreciate that these closures are extremely disruptive to your studies but we wanted to let you that we are still here to help you. Library staff are working remotely and can be contacted during normal office hours via email at

As always, we are here to assist you so please feel free to get in touch with us. At present we cannot get access to the library and its physical collections, but we can help you find things online and answer a variety of other queries.

Librarians in Oxford have been working very hard to make resources available for remote readers. We are posting these useful pieces of information to our social media pages as they become available, so keep an eye out for notifications from @univlib on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Univcat continues to function, and while you may not be able to search it in order to find a book in the Library, it will provide you with bibliographical information We can no longer post items from the Library, but if you need to get hold of a resource, please let us know and we shall do our best to help you.

Fortunately, all our students and academics have access to the Bodleian Library which has a huge wealth of online and eResources. SOLO is the main tool for searching the Bodleian’s collections. In addition to helping you find resources available in the Bodleian, SOLO will help you find databases, scholarly reviews, theses, and much, much more.

There are thousands of eResources available. Some can be downloaded while others are available for a fixed period of time. Many publishers have temporarily lifted restrictions on ePublications for those with institutional access.

For help on finding resources go to Oxford LibGuides and look for your subject. The LibGuide for your subject will tell you what’s available and how to get hold of it. There is also a LibGuide for the databases to which Oxford subscribes.

The Library may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean learning and research will stop, and we will continue to be your first point of call when it comes to finding resources.

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you back in the Library soon.

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Univ’s Libraries support undergraduate and graduate study with around 60,000 books as well as access to the University’s e-resources. The Libraries, with 24-hour opening during term, offer a fast book request service, generous book allowances and loan periods, and professional staff on hand to help. The Library team is keen to provide any additional assistance and support to students who may require this due to disability or illness.

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