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Library space and physical services

Opening hours

  • Radcliffe Science Library (based in the Vere Harmsworth Library): Monday to Friday – 9.30am-7pm, Saturday – 10am-2pm, Sunday – Closed.
  • Cairns Library (JR Hospital): Monday to Friday – 8am to 7pm for clinical students only (staffed Monday – Friday: 10am–4pm). 24/7 access for OUH staff.
  • Girdlestone Memorial Library (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre):  Monday to Friday – 9.30am-5pm. 24/7 access for NHS and MSD staff based at the NOC.
  • Horton Hospital Library: Monday to Friday – 9am-12noon and 1-5pm.
  • Knowledge Centre (Old Road Campus): Currently closed.

Booking a space is still required – please see for details.

3D printing

The Radcliffe Science Library’s 3D printing service is resuming one day per week.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using the service, feel free to contact Richard Smith at

Further information, including how to submit an order, can be found on their online guide:   

Collections and online resources

Study Skills Reading list

We have compiled a curated selection of study skills books in one list.  The list contains titles suitable for undergraduates and graduates, from general to specific, and by subject. You can go browse the list by scrolling the page or by using the Table of Contents tab, to jump to a category. The list will be reviewed and updated regularly with new recommended titles.  

Equality Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Collection

The library is committed to expanding its EDI collection in areas such as LGBT+ Studies, Women's Studies, Disability Studies, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) Studies.  

Here is a selection:

More is available in SOLO catalogue.  Just enter author and main title keyword in the default search box.  Do you want the e-book of a title already on the catalogue?  Do you have a recommendation? Contact

Birds of the World

E-resources have confirmed that this new subscription database has now been added to Databases A-Z and to the blog. Birds of the World is a powerful research database that brings together deep, scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology, Birds of North America, Handbook of Birds of the World, Neotropical Birds and Bird Families of the World, with millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library into a single platform where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on birds.

An in-depth overview of Birds of the World features can be found at

Open Access news

British Heart Foundation funding

Oxford’s BHF Open Access funding allocation (for April–September 2021) has been spent. We expect to have new funding from 1 October 2021. Until then, BHF recommend researchers select journals that allow the author to self-deposit the author’s manuscript in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication. Up-to-date information about funder requirements and block grants can be seen via our Open Access Oxford webpages: