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Business as usual at the VHL and RSL

The Vere Harmsworth Library, the temporary home of the Radcliffe Science Library, is now back to normal operations and normal opening hours with the full range of facilities available including the group study rooms and breakroom with drinks and snacks. The VHL is in the Rothermere American Institute in the heart of the science area opposite the Chemistry Research Laboratory. Hospital libraries still have more restrictions but are open to all MSD members based on the Headington sites (call ahead if you can, just in case of changes).

Opening hours

Vacation opening hours start at the RSL and VHL from Monday 14 March. Our hours will be:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 2pm

BHCL opening hours remain as follows:

  • Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital. Staffed hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9am – 7pm, Wednesday: 10am – 7pm. 24/7 card access for specified groups of users.
  • Girdlestone Memorial Library, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Staffed hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am – 5pm, Wednesday: 10am – 5pm. 24/7 fob access for OUH NHS Trust employees.
  • Knowledge Centre – currently closed.
  • Horton Hospital Library. Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm.

Vacation loans

RSL books which normally have a 1 week loan period can be borrowed for the whole vacation from 8th week of Hilary term onwards. The due date will be Tuesday 26 April 2022 (Tuesday of 1st week, Trinity term).

RSL 3D printing service now back up and running

We would like to remind readers that the RSL’s 3D printing service is available again, and is based in temporary digs in the Old Bodleian Quad. All you have to do is send us over the 3D models and we will get back to you with a printing time and cost.  Details of the service can be found at, and staff are happy to come out and show and tell to Departments.

Bodleian Libraries service updates

Information on staying safe in Bodleian Libraries spaces, and up to date information on services, resources, and support available to help you carry on with your work can be found at

Building works on the RAI roof

University Estates is due to undertake major building repair works on the Rothermere American Institute premises, including replacing parts of the roof, and window sealant in various locations. The work is due to start on Monday 18 April and is expected to last 22 weeks. A temporary roof and scaffolding will be in place around the entire building. The Vere Harmsworth Library will remain open throughout the project but further updates will be provided once the project plan has been finalised.


Study Skills

The Bodleian Libraries have created a study skills reading list on ORLO.

The list contains titles suitable for undergraduates and graduates, from general to specific, and by subject. It provides a sample of available books, documents and videos on study skills that you may find helpful. Many titles are available as ebooks or can be borrowed from Oxford libraries.

You may find other relevant titles available on SOLO, and you can suggest books you would like the Bodleian Libraries to purchase