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 Open Access news

NIHR announce new Open Access policy

The UK National Institute for Health Research announced a new Open Access policy on 11 November 2021.

The NIHR will require all peer-reviewed research articles arising from NIHR-funded research studies to be made immediately Open Access under an open licence. This will apply to all peer-reviewed articles submitted for publication on or after 1 June 2022.

Details can be found at

Online resources

Thousands of new ebooks across science and medicine

Since March 2020, there have been considerable increases in ebook provision for both taught students and researchers across MSD and MPLS. See our new blog post for details of some the major new collections of ebooks that you can now access online from Oxford and beyond.

Library services

Opening hours

Vacation opening hours at the Radcliffe Science Library and the Vere Harmsworth Library start from Monday 6 December. We will be open:

  • 9am-7pm Monday to Friday
  • 10am-2pm Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

Christmas and New Year closure

The RSL and VHL will close at 5pm on Wednesday 22 December, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.


From the Bodleian’s Public Engagement Department

Library Late – a project based on Melancholy: A New Anatomy

Over 150 visitors came to the Weston Library on Friday 12 November to enjoy a range of activities inspired by the exhibition Melancholy – A New Anatomy, which marks the 400th anniversary of Robert Burton’s book Anatomy of Melancholy and is a collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry. The text is an innovative encyclopaedia of mental and emotional disorder, as understood in the late Renaissance, and the evening was a chance for visitors to explore the common experiences and connections over time designed to uplift the mood and invigorate the mind.

The Department of Psychiatry brought games and experiments for visitors to explore their knowledge of the brain and their ability to read facial expressions, and to experience the highs and lows of new treatment developments for depression. Colleagues from the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) helped visitors see what sleep and wakefulness look like in the brain in real time, as well as asking and answering questions about measuring and describing a good night’s sleep. Laughter yoga, hatha yoga and origami supported visitor wellbeing, while in the ‘Living Library’ visitors could chat with academics about topics from the link between diet and health to how to find your best moves. All this took place to the calming sound of Bach played live on the cello by Dr Armand D’Angour, Professor of Classics.

In addition to these activities, two talks were held: one by Valentino Gargano on dreams and dream interpretation in ancient Greek culture, and the other by Dr Richard Lawes on the healing power of bibliotherapy and scriptotherapy.

Visitor responses included:

‘I felt closer to people, less isolate[d], it has lifted my mood not just on the day but afterwards.’

‘I’ve been more aware of the role of reading in my mental health.’

‘I enjoyed my time there. I found a new hobby (origami) – a very relaxing one! And I learned some interesting things from the two exhibitions (Melancholy and Dante)…’