Thursday, 23 December 2010

Early closing and reminder of closed period

The library shall be closing at 3:00pm today due to the weather conditions.

Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

Please note that we will be closed from tomorrow (Friday 24th December) and reopening Tuesday 4th January.

Have a wonderful holiday.

The Library Team.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Early closing

The library shall be closing at 3:00pm today due to the weather conditions.

Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

We will be opening at 09:00 tomorrow as usual.

The Library Team.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Closing early

We have just been informed that we are closing early today at 2:00pm due to the weather conditions.

Apologies for the late notice and any inconvenience this may cause you.

We will be opening at 9:00am tomorrow as usual.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Change in opening times

A change has recently been made to the vacation opening times. Previously, the library was reopening on January 3rd 2011.

Please note that we will now be reopening on January 4th, opening time 08:30.

Merry Christmas,

The Library Team.


Due to the severe weather we are experiencing, the library will be closing at 3:00pm today.

We shall be opening at 9:00am tomorrow (21st) as usual.

Best wishes,

The Library Staff.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas Vacation Hours and Loan Periods

Please find the arrangements for vacation loans and hours for the Education Library for the coming vacation:


Staff, DPhil, PRS and MSc students – normal loan books:

Start Thursday 2nd December 2010 (Wk 8, Michaelmas 10)

Due back Tuesday 18th January 2011 (Wk 1, Hilary 11)

PGCE Students – normal loan books:

Start Thursday 9th December 2010

Due back Thursday 6th January 2011

All overnight books will remain overnight, until Wednesday 22nd December. They can then be borrowed until Tuesday 4th January.

Opening hours:

The library will close for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December at 17.30, and will reopen on Monday 3rd January, 08.30.

Vacation hours are from Friday 10th December to Thursday 23rd December, and are:

Monday to Friday 09.00-17.30.

Term- time hours will resume when we reopen on January 3rd. As a reminder, they are:

Monday to Thursday – 08.30-20.30

Friday – 08.30-19.00

Saturday – 13.00-17.00

Sunday 12.00-16.00

Have an excellent Christmas!

Friday, 29 October 2010


Please be aware that the computers in the library are set as default to print both black & white and double-sided. If you would like to change these settings, go to 'Preferences' in the print window. The Sunrays, which are the computers used only to search the catalogue, do not have this function, however.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Library Session Follow-up Surveys

Following on from the sessions the library gave on Literature Searching for PGCE students and Skills Toolkit for DPhil/PRS students, we would like to ask that those who attended complete the relevant short surveys, providing feedback on how useful the session was.

PGCE survey

DPhil/PRS survey

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

PGCE book sale

Blackwell's are coming to the Department of Education to sell books for the PGCE course. This will take place in the Education Common Room from 10:30am - 2:00pm, Friday 8th October. All titles have been selected by academics from the Department of Education.

MSc Inductions

Today there will be inductions for the MSc students in the library between 2:00pm and 4:40pm. This means the library will be noisier than usual and the Resources Room will be unavailable due to presentations taking place there.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Monday, 4 October 2010

DPhil and PRS Library Inductions

Library inductions will be taking place Tuesday 5th October from 09:45-10:30 and 10:45-11:30 for DPhil and PRS students. Noise levels in the library will be higher than usual and there will be no access to the Resources Room during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause you.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Welcome/ Welcome back!

To all new MSc and DPhil students, and those of you who have been away over the summer, we wish you a warm welcome/ welcome back to the Bodleian Education Library.

New library websites

• Our main library website has moved to:

We also have two new LibGuides:

• Bodleian Education Library Guide
This is a guide to getting started in the library. It covers the basics, such as finding your way around, using SOLO, printing, and so on.

• Finding Information for Education
This is a more detailed guide to help you decide where to begin when doing education research. It includes a set of video tutorials to help you search the education literature by topic.

Reclassification of Resources Room

The reclassification and reorganisation of the Resources Room is under way. So if you struggle to find anything, please do ask.

Events this term

We look forward to seeing you at our events this term – book sales, key search skills training sessions etc.

Subscribe to this blog or join our Facebook to keep up to date with everything that’s going on in the library. We will be posting news about library events, including dates of training sessions and information about new resources. Your feedback is important to us, so please do comment on our posts!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Wireless service name change

Please note that the name of the wireless service has changed from ouls-reader to Bodleian-Libraries

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Summer Vacation Loans and Opening Hours

Dear All,

1. Summer Vacation loans for all MSc and DPhil students and staff are as follows:

Vacation loans: Summer vacation loans begin Thursday 17th June (8th week).

MSc Students: From Thursday 17th June all normal loan books can be borrowed until 30th September.

DPhil students and Staff: From Thursday 17th June all normal loan books can be borrowed until 12th October (week 1, Michaelmas term)

All overnight books will remain overnight during the summer vacation.

2. Summer vacation opening hours:

The library will close at 17:30 on Friday 25th June.
Saturday 26th June and Sunday 27th June – Closed.

From Monday 28th June – Sunday 19th September the library will open:
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:30
Saturday and Sunday - Closed.

With best wishes,

Sue and all in the library

Monday, 14 June 2010

Electronic Interlibrary Loan Form

You can now submit interlibrary loan requests to us by email using this form. You can also download the form from the Library's website:

Paper copies are still available from the enquiry desk.

If you have any problems using the form, or have any questions about interlibrary loans, please let us know.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Greening the Library

Hi all,

As summer heats up, we're looking for ways to make the library more environmentally friendly, and would really like your input. Do you have any ideas for ways that we could conserve resources without diminishing the library experience? Some of the ideas we're considering include:
  • Not turning on all library IT equipment as standard
  • Asking you to turn off IT equipment when you've finished with it
  • Not turning on all the library lights on sunny days
  • Encouraging double-sided printing and photocopying - perhaps making it default?
Would these changes negatively affect your library experience? Do you have any other ideas? Let us know!


Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bank Holiday - Normal Opening

We will be open normal time - 08:30 - 20:30 - next Monday, despite the Bank Holiday.


Friday, 30 April 2010

Research Help

We've had a lot of research queries recently so I thought I'd just remind everyone about the Information Skills Tutorials that Kate made before she left on maternity leave.

These can help you with many common questions about searching the education databases - and making sure that you find all the material relevant to your search question.

You can find them on Weblean here.

If your research query needs a little more attention, then please contact me or Sue to make an appointment.


Thursday, 4 March 2010

Reader Image for Library PCs

Over the coming weeks the desktops of library PCs are being changed across the Bodleian Libraries. Changes for the Education Library are scheduled to take place during the week beginning 8th March 2010.

The new desktop appearance will be known as the Reader Image. Readers will be required to log on individually to library PCs using their OLIS patron details.

Readers will benefit by having access to new and updated software, including a choice of programmes for browsing the internet, managing references and manipulating media.

Click here for more information and the FAQ

Please ask staff if you need any assistance

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Name change for OULS libraries

As of Tuesday next week (2nd March) OULS libraries are officially changing their name to the ‘Bodleian Libraries’. The Education Library will therefore be known as the Bodleian Education Library.

The name change will affect all OULS staff email addresses. From the 2nd March 2010 primary addresses will now become

The Education library email address will also change. Our new address will be

Friday, 12 February 2010

Trial 'laptop-free' period

We have been trialling a policy that restricts the use of laptops to one quiet reading room only - the Reference Reading Room, at the front of the library. The Education Reading Room is currently for silent study only, without the use of laptops.

It has been requested that we continue the trial period, as some students did not receive the email link to our survey on this matter that was sent around last month.

To help us decide whether the Education Library needs a laptop-free reading room, click here to take the survey.

Please let us know your views!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

NEW online literature searching tutorials

A new suite of video literature searching tutorials for Education is now available on WebLearn. The tutorials are linked from all course areas, and from the main Department site, which is publicly available:

The tutorials take you through the main stages of a literature search for education, from devising your search strategy through to getting hold of the full text of useful articles.

I hope that the tutorials will be useful for you, as a supplement to the face-to-face training that we offer in the library. If you have missed the training sessions we have run so far this year, we would encourage you to work through these tutorials first, and then to contact Sue Oswald to book an appointment to help with your research, if you have any further questions (

There are currently 7 tutorials available. We hope to make 2 more available shortly, which will cover databases specific to Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

Note: these tutorials work best in Firefox or Internet Explorer 7. If you have any technical problems, please contact Wan-Ying Tay (, who has been very ably assisting with all the technical aspects of creating the tutorials.

I do hope you find them useful. Please do pass on any feedback to Sue, and I will return to evaluate their success and add to/amend them in November!

With very best wishes,