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Guide for weekly class students: Your account on SOLO

A guide to library services and resources for weekly class students

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Click on SOLO, type your search terms into the box and click Go

How do I renew my books?

If you gave us an email address when you joined the Library, you will receive an email reminder a couple of days before your books are due. You can contact the Library to renew your books, but you can also do it yourself. The email will contain a link to SOLO

  1. Click on 'Sign in' at the top right of the SOLO screen
  2. Click on the link 'Other Bodleian card holders'
  3. Enter the first 7 numbers of the barcode number on your library card
  4. Enter your password
  5. Click 'Login'

You will be back on the SOLO screen, and your name will appear at the top of the screen

  1. Click on 'My Account'
  2. You will be able to view your list of loans, and renew all loans or selected items.

You will not be able to renew a book if another reader has reserved it.

You can find more information, including a video tutorial, in the SOLO guide

What is the e-Shelf?

E-Shelf enables you to save references to books of interest. It is similar to the 'shopping basket' used on many websites. It is particularly useful if you have done a subject search on SOLO and wish to follow up some of the items found.

  1. Sign in to SOLO (see 'How do I renew my books?' for details)
  2. When you find a title of interest in the search results list, click the small star beside the title. It will turn orange.


 The reference will now be on your e-Shelf. Click the e-Shelf link beside your name at the top of the screen. You will see a list of items saved. Clicking on one of the items takes you into its entry on SOLO so that you can check details, availability etc.

You could use the e-Shelf to keep track of books you have used for your assignment

Why do I want an account on SOLO?

You do not need an account to search SOLO. However, having an account will enable you to check your loans, renew your books and place holds on books which are on loan.

You can also use the e-Shelf to keep lists of books you have read or would like to read.

How do I access my account?

You may have been given a password when you registered with the Library. If not, or you have lost it, ask next time you are in the Library.

You can also set your own password:

  • Go to SOLO
  • Click on 'sign in' at the top right of the screen
  • Click the link for 'Other Bodleian card holders'
  • Enter your library card barcode number - the first 7 numbers only
  • Click on the link to generate a new password and follow the guidance

You can use this password to:

  • Access your account on SOLO
  • Log on to computers in the Library
  • Connect to the Bodleian Libraries wifi network in the Library

How do I reserve a book?

If you find an item which is out to another reader  (indicated by a due date) you can place a "hold" so that the items is reserved for you when it is returned to the Library.

Please note - you can not reserve:

  • Items which are currently available in the library or where another copy of the item is available in the same libary
  • Items in other libraries

To place a hold request:

Once you have found an item which is out to another reader:

  1. Sign on to SOLO using the non-Oxford member link in the top right corner (see signing on to SOLO for more details)
  2. Click Hold 

    Screenshot of placing a hold

  3. If you wish you can set a not needed after date.   Please note that you reservation will be cancelled if it has not been returned to the library before this date.
  4. You do not need to fill in the author, title, volume and notes sections.
  5. Click the orange Hold button
  6. To check the progress of a hold or to cancel it choose My Account (top right), followed by Requests.

Screenshot of tracking requests

Once the item has arrived in the library and is available for you, it will move to the Loans section of My Account.  If we have a valid email address for you on file, you will receive an email notification that the item has arrived. It will be kept at the Library desk for 7 days