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Rare Books in the Bodleian Library: Searching SOLO

Guide to using Rare Books in the Bodleian Library

Gentleman at study

Book moves: August 2014 onwards

From August 2014, we will begin moving material, including some rare books, into the restored building. Our goal is to transfer our collections safely with minimal disruption to users. During the process, some items may be temporarily unavailable. We do not anticipate that any holdings from our collection will be out of circulation for more than two weeks at a time.

 More information will be provided on our website as the timeframe becomes more established and details clarified.

 Thank you for your patience as we progress these major projects. 

Searching the early printed collections

There are in excess of 1 million records in SOLO for books, journals, magazines, newspapers, maps, ephemera and music printed before 1900 covering antiquarian collections held in almost 60 libraries in Oxford.   

In the first instance all users should see SOLO - Search Oxford Libraries Online for information and guidance searching SOLO for printed books. For additional information finding early printed books download "SOLO: Searching for Early Printed Books".