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British Library and electronic Legal Deposit

As you know, the British Library continues to deal with the aftermath of a major cyber-attack. As a result, we do not have access to Electronic Legal Deposit content (eLD) which includes non-print legal deposit books, scores, journal articles and issues, and the UK Web Archive.

In order to help lessen the impact of this outage on our readers, if you need access to an electronic Legal Deposit item please contact your subject librarian. We are happy to purchase items where possible, and we may also be able to advise you on alternative sources and workarounds.

The History Faculty Library blog has a very useful post with tips:

The British Library has also just published a blog post about alternative access to web archives:   

Readers can continue to request items using the Inter-library Requests service by clicking on the Need More? link in the top menu of SOLO, although print items from the British Library are not currently available.

We are in regular contact with the British Library and will continue to keep you informed with updates. We have created a dedicated page on the SOLO and electronic Legal Deposit LibGuides with information and resources: 

We are considering a number of options to help provide a wider range of alternatives for items not currently available and will continue to update you. In the meantime, please do reach out to your subject librarians if you need to consult material which is affected by the outage. 


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, Tue 19 March


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

Book your induction now:


Book rooms Online

The NOC Library, in Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, and the Knowledge Centre, at the Old Road Campus Research Building, have joined Bodleian Libraries new online room booking tool.

It should make room bookings quick and easy. Remember to book using your email or NHS email.

The NOC group study room sits four, has a whiteboard and a screen for displays. Book the room online.

The KC Group Study room has capacity of up to 8 people, a screen for display and a whiteboard. Book the room online.


Explore the Human Body with Virtual Reality (VR)

Embark on an immersive VR journey into the human body, exploring its workings and marvels. In the comfort of the Radcliffe Science Library wellbeing room, solve riddles about bones and organs! This exciting event is a collaboration between the Radcliffe Science Library and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics (DPAG).

Date: Mon 4 March

Times: 10.00 - 10.20, 10.30 - 10:50, 11.00 - 11.20, 11.30 - 11.50

Book a slot  


Crafty Connections for DPhils

Join us in the RSL for a relaxed early evening event for DPhils where you'll have a chance to try out a range of paper-based activities, including origami, colouring in, decoration making and more! Snacks and hot drinks will be provided!! This is a great opportunity to network with fellow DPhil students and try your hand at some new crafts.

Date: Thu 7 March 

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Book your place now.


Nature Walk

For those who like a nice walk outside, the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) will be conducting another Nature Walk around University Parks on Monday 4 March 1-2pm. No registration necessary, members of our team will meet attendees in the Wellbeing Room in the RSL and lead you on a gentle walk around University Parks.

Spring flowers are just starting to emerge so it should be a diverting walk.