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How can the Bodleian Health Care Libraries can help you?

Whether you are looking for a space to study, need support developing the search strategy for your systematic review, or just want a quiet place to relax away from your office or lab, the Bodleian Health Care Libraries are here for you.

Come along to an induction at your nearest library to meet some of the library team, explore the library space, and ask any questions you have.

When: 11am, Tuesday 19 December


  • Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • NOC Library, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus Research Building

Book your induction now:

Wellbeing at the RSL

Along with being a space for study and research the Radcliffe Science Library is also a place for the MPLS and MSD community to relax, chat and revitalise themselves. To help this we have created a Wellbeing Room which features comfortable sofas, armchairs and bean bags as well as a table where people can sit to craft or play games.

You are welcome to bring your own or try out a new hobby from the equipment in the room. We have knitting, crochet, origami, modelling clay, Lego, board games and colouring in. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a quieter experience why not play with one of our fidget toys, curl up under a weighted blanket or try the noise cancelling headphones. If you’d prefer some leisure reading we also have that on hand. The room will house our Wellbeing Collection which includes self-help books, poetry, books on mental health, comic books and novels.

The Wellbeing Room can also be booked for events by groups such as discussion groups book clubs etc. If you'd like to know more, offer to run an event in the RSL or want to book the room please contact


We also have a range of activities chosen to appeal to different preferences for wellbeing.

Every weekday from 4-5pm - We have a quiet hour - where we dime the lights in the Wellbeing Room, put on the fairy lights and bubble tube and just relax.

Every Wednesday from 1-2pm - We have Lego lunch. Pop into our Wellbeing Room and play with some Lego. Build whatever you can imagine or follow instructions to build a dragon, a truck and more.

First Monday of the Month - 1-2pm - Nature Walk around University Parks. Join us for a walk around University Parks.

If you would like to recommend any equipment or activities for the Wellbeing Room please contact


Refresher Bodleian Libraries Inductions

For students who missed the Bodleian Libraries inductions in Michaelmas Term we are offering further inductions in January. These are very useful for undergraduates and taught post-graduates whether a s a refresher or for visiting students. The sessions are free but booking is required. Dates, times and the booking links can be found via the reader website.

The dates and times on offer are:

  • Wednesday 10 January 15:00-15:30 
  • Thursday 11 January 10:30-11:00 
  • Friday 12 January 13:30-14:00 


iSkills for Medical Sciences and OUH Trust: Introduction to systematic reviews and evidence syntheses

In this online workshop you will be introduced to the principles underpinning the conduct of literature searches for systematic reviews, scoping reviews and evidence syntheses.

The session will cover:

  • Choosing the most appropriate type of evidence syntheses from systematic reviews to scoping reviews and rapid reviews
  • Formulating a search strategy to address research questions
  • Applying methodological search filters to restrict by study type
  • Choosing appropriate databases and search engines
  • Searching for grey literature and ongoing studies
  • Documenting and reporting your search
  • Storing and managing references


Thursday 7 December, 2-3pm

Book your free session on our iskills website