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Our staff are still working hard in support of our students and colleagues across the MSD.

Online Access

The Bodleian Libraries has a wealth of online resources which are available to University members even though our physical library spaces are closed – details can be seen at


We are continuing to significantly expand our collections of online textbooks with new purchases of individual titles and via temporary access to entire collections. For example, we now have access to the LWW Health Library ebook collection and have recently loaded 1,500 new eBooks into SOLO, with more coming every day this week. 

Our teams have already checked MPLS and MSD reading lists and “hotlists” of heavily borrowed items for online availability.  However, over and above this we are very happy to receive recommendations – please email recommendations to (MPLS) and (MSD).

ORLO (online reading lists)

We are already working with several departments across MSD and MPLS to make core reading lists available online via ORLO and we are keen to expand this further across both Divisions. 

Our staff are already working remotely adding reading lists to ORLO on behalf of academics and depending on library staff availability and levels of demand, it may be possible for the Bodleian Libraries to do the data entry and some other aspects of the work for you. 

If you would like to provide an online reading list for your students please email the following details to to get started:

  • Department
  • Programme of study
  • Name(s) of reading list(s)
  • Number of students (needed for CLA)
  • When course is taught
  • Your contact details

The Bodleian Libraries does not provide support for tutorial reading lists beyond setting up a skeleton list.  

Searching, Training, Help and Advice

Our expert Outreach and Subject Librarians can provide information skills training and advice via telephone, Skype, Teams and other online platforms.  We have expanded our Live Chat service, available 9am–7pm every day from Monday 23 March, available from our website, LibGuides or SOLO.  Remote assistance from expert library staff is available by emailing (staffed weekdays, 9am–5pm). 

Our Outreach Librarians continue to provide in-depth literature and evidence searches in support of MSD research and clinical care (email

3D printing and VR equipment loans

Unfortunately it has been necessary for us to suspend the RSL’s 3D printing service and VR equipment loans until further notice.

Physical Libraries

In line with the rest of the Bodleian Libraries, the Vere Harmsworth Library (the temporary home for the RSL) has closed until further notice.  However, at the request of the OUH Trust our library at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Cairns Library at the JR remain open 24/7 but are unstaffed with all facilities available expect for access to book collections.

Book Loans

All book deliveries and loans have now ceased. Existing book loans will auto-renew until 19 June 2020 (in the first instance), and fines will be waived.