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Bodleian Social Science Library Guide: Home

A short guide to the Library and our collections.

Library opening times (with booking system)

From Monday 17 August, readers will be admitted to the Social Science Library to use our study spaces and consult our onsite collections.

Access to the library is strictly by advance booking only, to ensure the continued safety of our staff and readers.

To book a desk space, including desks with PCs, height-adjustable desks and study carrels, please visit our bookings page, select the category of workspace you would like to use and make a booking for the date(s) you wish to visit the library.

You can book workspaces from a minimum of one day to a maximum of two weeks in advance.

You will be able to book a whole day (currently 10am-4pm), and can arrive and leave at any point during the day.

After submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information on the new arrangements in place in our libraries. Please read this carefully.

For more information on the re-opening of Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms, please visit:

Please check the SSL blog, Bodleian Libraries website and Bodleian Twitter for the latest information.

Go to the Bodleian Libraries webpage for information on Remote Access to see how to access e-resources from home.

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Quick introduction to the Bodleian Social Science Library

The Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL) exists to support staff and students in the University of Oxford Social Sciences Division, particularly in the departments of: Economics, International Development, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Geography, and Social Policy & Intervention; in the Centres for: Criminology, Refugee Studies, Russian & East European Studies, and Socio-Legal Studies; and in the Blavatnik School of Government. The SSL also provides increasing support for African Studies, Modern Asian Studies and Anthropology.

To find out more indepth information about our collections and services, visit our Library website.

We also have a set of subject specific web guides:

Internet Studies

Migration Studies

Politics and International Relations

Refugee & Forced Migration Studies

Russian & East European Area Studies

Social Policy & Intervention

Socio Legal Studies


Who can use the Library?

All holders of valid Bodleian reader cards are eligible to use the Bodleian Social Science Library. However, only current students and staff of the University may borrow books.

Non-holders of Bodleian reader cards may be admitted on a Day Pass on presentation of identification from their home institution. A maximum of 3 Day Passes may be issued per person. If you wish to use the library for a longer period you will need to apply to the Bodleian Libraries Admissions office to see if you are eligible for a Bodleian readers card.

Contact Details

Bodleian Social Science Library

Manor Road Building
Manor Road

Tel No. 01865 271093


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