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Earth Sciences: Getting Started

Subjects: Earth Sciences

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for Earth Sciences, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases.

Service update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Bodleian Libraries closed all of its library sites as of 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020. The process of reopening sites is now underway. For updates on library services, please see

While physical library sites have yet to fully reopen, we are continuing to provide and expand our digital and remote services; Subject Librarians and library enquiries are still available. If you have questions about library services, please email


Department of Earth Sciences

University of Oxford
South Parks Road
 OX1 3AN

Earth Sciences Library

Departmental Librarian: Elizabeth Crowley

Earth Sciences in Oxford

This guide provides links to the key library resources for Earth Sciences at Oxford University.

The printed collection of books, journals and other items is housed in two locations: the Earth Sciences Library in the Earth Sciences Department building and the Radcliffe Science Library (Note: the Radcliffe Science Library is being refurbished. Library services for science are being housed temporarily in the Vere Harmsworth Library).

If you have questions, need help or want to recommend a resource for purchase, please contact either the Bodleian Libraries Acting Subject Specialist for Earth Sciences, Catherine Dockerty, or the Departmental Librarian Elizabeth Crowley in the Earth Sciences Department.


SOLO is Oxford University's library catalogue. You can use it to find both print and electronic material held in collections across the University.

You can search by Author, Title or Subject and limit to the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL). You can also use SOLO to order off-site material, check your library account and renew your books online.

Here's a Guide to using SOLO.

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Refurbishment of the RSL

As of 23rd December 2019 the Radcliffe Science Library building is closed for refurbishment for approximately 18 months. Library services for science will be relocated to a temporary home at the Vere Harmsworth Library. More information is available at