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Basics & Getting Started for Oxford undergraduates

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Introductory information for new undergraduate students including:

  • which libraries to use (for undergraduates)
  • understanding reading lists (for undergraduates)
  • finding and borrowing books and journals
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • computers, passwords and wifi
  • support for disabled readers
  • getting help

Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO)

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Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO) 

ORLO is the new reading list system for the University of Oxford. With ORLO, you can access up-to-date reading lists at any time from a range of devices, check live location and availability information for the items on your reading list and access many ebooks and article easily through the “View Online” button. Access ORLO through Canvas or by logging in with your SSO here. You can add your reading intentions and personal notes, which means ORLO will save you time. It is currently being used in a number of courses across divisions, and is being made more widely available in a phased rollout. If ORLO is being used for your course, please find guides below for tips on how to use ORLO.

Many of the items in ORLO have a link to Online content. Most will work fine but some may require extra log ins or the link may not load properly. If you experience any problems try clearing the cookies and cache in your browser. This guide shows how to clear cookies fromvarious browsers.

Video creators: Kat Steiner and Helen Bond. Created 5th May 2020.
The academic's permission was given to use their reading list as an example.

Basics & Getting Started for everyone else

Finding and borrowing books, journals and other items

Information about Oxford Libraries

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

IT, Computing, WiFi and Passwords

Workshops and classes

Information for disabled readers

Getting help

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Subject Specific Enquiries

If you have a subject enquiry please contact your subject librarian.

General Enquiries


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