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Theses and dissertations: Acquiring and copying

How to obtain

These are all deposited in the Bodleian and are treated as manuscripts. All doctoral dissertations, however, now have entries on SOLO and may be ordered to the Charles Wendell David Reading Room in the Weston Library.
These can be made available in the Bodleian on Inter-Library Loan.
Foreign dissertations
Many dissertations from European universities, and a small number of American dissertations are held by the Bodleian. Those before 1973 are mostly only to be found in the Foreign Dissertation Catalogue (please ask staff); later ones will be found on SOLO.

Inter-library loans

An Inter-library Request Service is available to all members of Oxford University, as well as non-University members.
This service seeks to provide access to material not held at the University. The Bodleian Libraries also supply their own material to other libraries and institutions.

Please check SOLO, Oxford Libraries' catalogue, before making a request.

See Inter-library loans and document supply page for detailed information on how to place an inter-library loan.

Making copies

Printed dissertations may be copied up to the normal limits, although some 19th-century theses may be subject to conservation restrictions.

See Making a Copy pages for more details.

Copying from paper dissertations and theses, obtained through inter-library loans from international libraries, will depend on restrictions imposed by the library lending the item.