Finding 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 email@example.com
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.
About Univ’s Libraries
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.
About the Libraries
The Old Library, situated in a Victorian building next to the Hall, houses Modern Languages, Philosophy, English, Classics, History and the hard sciences (Maths, Computation, Physics, Engineering, Earth Science, and the Biomedical Sciences). The New Library, which opened in October 2016 is in 10 Merton Street, and contains Law, Politics, Economics, Music, and collections about Oxford, College, and books by and about Old Members.
As well as providing a quiet and disciplined study space, there are two rooms available which can be used for group study. These rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis but advanced bookings can be placed on them by contacting the Librarian.
The Library has a generous budget for text books, but also provides a collection of books on study skills, writing essays, and staying healthy. In addition, students can make use a range of “extras” such as book-stands, whiteboards, cushions, earplugs, and vases for carnations during exams. We also have subject-specific items like Obadiah, our life-size skeleton, a model brain, molecular models, and a collection of Shakespeare DVDs.
UNILANG (United Nations’ International Languages Aware New Graduates) is a collection of language learning resources administered by the Library. It is aimed at assisting with the development of language skills, and covers five of the UN’s six official spoken languages of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese (the sixth language being English). Resources for Italian and Turkish are also available. These resources are available from the Library offices.
Students can keep up to date with what’s happening in our Libraries via regular social media posts on Twitter. The Librarians and Archivist promote Univ’s historic collections through various classes, exhibitions, and the regular “Treasures” feature on our News and Features page.
Visiting the Libraries
The Library is open to current members 24 hours a day for most of the year. Old Members are welcome to visit the Library with small groups of their friends and family during normal working hours. Visitors who are not current or Old Members of Univ are requested to make an appointment via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointments are available from 9.00 am on weekdays, with some restrictions at busy times of the year.
Search for a Book
Requests for books can be made on the Univ Intranet under Info A-Z / Request a Book or by filling out one of the blue slips found near the issues terminals in our libraries. Library staff are always happy to help with finding resources required for study.
Library and Archive Staff
College Librarian: Elizabeth Adams
Following a number of gap years, Elizabeth studied Library and Information Science at Curtin University and Latin at the University of Western Australia. A voluntary position cataloguing pre-1800 books at the New Norcia Benedictine Community led to several years working on antiquarian projects based in the Bodleian Library. Having worked briefly at Univ in 2002 as part of the Early Printed Books Project, Elizabeth was pleased to return to take up the Assistant Librarian post during the long vacation of 2009, followed by that of Librarian in September 2011. Outside the Library Elizabeth spends time promoting and practising the inky craft of letterpress printing through her private press, Juxon Press, and as a committee member of the Oxford Guild of Printers.
Assistant Librarian: Phil Burnett
After completing his schooling in Cape Town, Phil went to Rhodes University where he completed a BA in Law and German, followed by an Honours degree in Music, and then a P.G.C.E. A stint teaching school music was followed by an MA in Musicology at Bristol. During the course of further studies he found he was spending a lot of time in libraries so took up employment in the Wills Memorial Library at the University of Bristol. Phil has been in the Univ. Library since 2016, but also worked for several years, in the Bodleian Music Faculty Library. He is now only at Univ. as Assistant Librarian, a post he took up in May 2019. He holds a PhD in Musicology and History from the University of Bristol, and sings in several choirs around Oxford, plays cricket for the Bodleian C.C., and flits around on a bicycle.
Library Assistant: Hannah Thompsett
Hannah began her career in libraries when she was 12, as library prefect at her middle school, although admittedly it was more an excuse to get out of being on the playground in the cold! Almost a decade later, after she had completed a BA in English Literature and Ancient History at Cardiff University, she spent a year in Greece working as the Library Research Assistant at the British School at Athens and fell back in love with the job. She then worked at the Codrington Library, All Souls College as a library trainee, taking part in training sessions as part of the Bodleian trainee scheme. She has been at Univ since September 2019 as Library Assistant, and in October 2019 began studying towards a Library and Information Services Management MA, distance learning through the University of Sheffield.
College Archivist: Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith
Robin read Classics at Univ as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and then trained as an Archivist at the University of Liverpool. He then returned to Oxford, first of all to catalogue the papers of Benjamin Jowett at Balliol and then to work at the Oxfordshire Record Office. Robin has been Archivist of Univ since 1993, but from 1996-2016 he was also Archivist of Magdalen College. He is now Archivist both of Univ and of Jesus College, and divides his time between those two Colleges. He is normally at Univ on Mondays and Tuesdays (01865 276952). Robin’s publications include A History of University College, Oxford, published by OUP in 2008, and The Early Records of University College, Oxford, published in 2016.