How do I...?

How do I find the books I need?
How do I borrow and return books?
How do I renew my books?
How do I reserve a book that is already out on loan?
How do I access past exam papers online?
How do I access e-resources when I am away from Oxford?

How do I find the books I need?


Keble Library's books are catalogued on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). To look for a book, enter your search terms (e.g. the author's surname and a few keywords from the title) into the box, then click on 'Search'. You can watch a brief video tutorial on finding books on SOLO by clicking on the image below.


(This video uses Flash. If you are using a device that does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)

More detailed information on all aspects of using SOLO is available in the Bodleian Libraries' SOLO LibGuide.

How do I borrow and return books?


You can borrow and return books using the self-issue machine on the Library service desk - simply follow the instructions on the touch screen. If you wish, you can obtain a printed receipt documenting your transaction.

After you have checked your books in on the self-issue machine, please put them on one of the large trolleys for reshelving by Library staff. Any book that has been reserved by another reader (as indicated by a message on the screen) should be placed behind the Library service desk in the grey box marked 'Reservations'.

To watch short video tutorials on using the self-issue system, click on the images below.


(This video on borrowing books uses Flash. If you are using a device that does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)

 

(This video on returning books uses Flash. If you are using a device that does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)

How do I renew my books?


Loans from Keble Library can be renewed up to four times. You can renew your books in one of two ways:

Using the self-issue machine (books from Keble Library only)
  1. Touch Issue-Account info-Renew on the screen and scan the barcode on your card.
  2. Choose Renew items, select the item(s) you want to renew, then touch Renew items. The new due date will be displayed.
  3. Touch Cancel to log out of your account.
You can watch a short video tutorial on renewing loans using the self-issue machine by clicking on the image below.


(This video uses Flash. If you are using a device that does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)
Online via SOLO (books from all lending libraries, including Keble)
  1. Log into SOLO and click on My Account to see a list of your current loans.
  2. Select the item(s) you want to renew, or click on Renew All to renew everything you have on loan. SOLO will confirm that the renewal has been successful and will display the new due date(s).
  3. Log out of SOLO by clicking on Sign Out and then closing your browser.
You can watch a short video tutorial on renewing loans on SOLO by clicking on the image below.


(This video uses Flash. If you are using a device that does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)
If you encounter any problems with renewing your books, please ask a member of staff.

How do I reserve a book that is already out on loan?


If the book you want is already out on loan, you can place a hold on it or ask for it be recalled. (N.B. The information about recalls that is provided here applies to books from Keble Library only.)

Placing a hold on a book means that it will be kept aside for you when the current borrower returns it to the library. The original due date does not change. You can place holds online via SOLO

Recalling a book, in addition to ensuring that the book is kept aside for you, also brings the due date forward to one week after the recall is placed. If you would like to recall a book, please ask a member of staff.

To place a hold on SOLO:
  1. Log into SOLO.
  2. Click on Find & Request under the title of the item you want, and then on the plus sign to display the list of items for Keble Library. Under 'Request Options', click on Hold.
  3. Change the date in the 'Not needed after' field if you wish (e.g. if the book will only be of use to you prior to a particular essay deadline). You do not need to fill in any of the other fields in the form. Click on Hold to place your request.
  4. You will be notified by email when the book is available for you to collect from the reservations shelf behind the Library service desk. The book will be kept aside for you for one week.
You can watch a short video tutorial on placing holds by clicking on the image below.


(This video uses Flash. If you are using a device which does not support Flash, an MP4 version is available.)

How do I access past exam papers online?
 

Past exam papers are available on OXAM (Oxford Examination Papers Online). The service is accessible from anywhere by logging in with your Oxford username and password. You can search for papers by keyword or phrase, or browse for papers by course and year.

How do I access e-resources when I am away from Oxford?

Oxford University members working off-campus can access virtually all of the University's e-resources by signing in to SOLO or OxLIP+ with their Oxford username and password. Further information about remote access is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.   

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