How to Borrow
Finding Books, Journals and Theses
SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) has details of the Earth Sciences library’s physical resources – books, journals and theses.
It also has details of holdings throughout the university’s many other libraries, as well as electronic holdings.
It will indicate:
- where it is – EAR Main Library, EAR Confined Cupboard or EAR Basement.
- shelfmark – where it can be found on the shelves.
- loan status – Apply Staff, Reference or Available. A date means it has been borrowed.
Undergraduates are automatically registered to use the library.
If you are a DTP student, a Postgraduate or a member of staff please register, either in person or by emailing the librarian with:
- your university card number
- the expiry date
To borrow from the library, use the self-issue machine.
- Scan the barcode on your university card
- Your details will appear on the screen. Do not proceed if your name does not appear.
- Scan the barcode INSIDE the book (not the publisher’s barcode on the back)
- Click ‘finish’
If you encounter any problems, enter your university card barcode and the barcode of the book in the notebook provided.
|Reader Status||Number of loans||Loan Period|
|1st-3rd year||6 books||1 week|
|4th years||12 books||2 weeks|
|Postgraduates||20 books||3 months|
|Staff||20 books||1 year|
|Visiting academics||20 books||1 month|
|External readers||by arrangement with the librarian|
To ensure a book is held for you when it is returned by another reader:
- Sign on to SOLO
- Click ‘Hold’
The librarian will email you when it becomes available.
You will need to scan it out as usual when you collect it.
Renew your books as soon as you receive a ‘Library Reminder’ email.
Sign in to your account on SOLO for:
- A list of books you have on loan
- The date they are due back
- Renewal functions
Books can be renewed 9 times. After that they need to be returned to the library and re-issued (if the book isn’t needed by another reader).
Put returned books in the Returns Box on the librarian’s desk.
Fines are not currently charged – if loans are not returned promptly this will be revised.
You remain responsible for a book until it is returned.
Do not give books to another reader unless they have been returned and re-issued.
In cases of loss or damage you will be asked to buy a replacement.