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History for Continuing Education short courses: Books

A guide to resources for History.

Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries

You can use SOLO to find e-books and print books in Oxford Libraries.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO  or E-Books LibGuides.

Top Tips

  • Sign in to SOLO with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO) or Library card details. 
  • Use the drop down menu to 'Search everything' or to specify 'online resources' (e.g. e-books) or a specific library
  • Click 'View online' to link to an ebook or digital item
  • For print book click 'Find and request' to see which libraries have the book, whether its available or out on loan, to place a reservation (for a book that is out on loan) and to order items from the 'closed stacks'   
  • Which Libraries can you use?  This depends on which course you are taking.     If you're not sure which Libraries you can use, check the information on the 'Home' tab above.

Screenshot of SOLO options

Browsing your subject in the Continuing Education Library

Books of interest to History students are shelved in the Lower and Upper Library under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification):

Lower Library (001-941.009)                                                    
274-299  History of Religion                   930 Archaeology and Prehistory
320.941  Political History 936.1 Archaeogy and the British
330.941  British Economic History  937-939 Ancient History (Greece and Rome)
331  Labour History 940 European History
338  Industrial History 941.006 Landscape & Agricultural History
609  History of Technology 941.0072 Local English History


Upper Library (941.01-999)

941-299  British History 942.1 History of the English Countries
941.1  Scottish History 943-949 History of European Countries
941.5  Irish History 960-969 History of African Countries
942.9  Welsh History 980-989 History of South American Countries
950-959  History of Asian Countries 990-999 History of Oceania, Australasia & Other Parts of the World
970-979  History of North America    


Oversize books are located in the Lower Library (001 – 939) and in the Reading Room (940 – 999) and pamphlets can be found in the Lower Library (001-999). A separate collection of books and pamphlets relating to Local History (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire) is also available in the Upper Library (001-942.59).

Searching for books beyond Oxford

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to request a resource for purchase, please contact giving full details of the book and brief details of the course or project you are working on.     Alternatively please fill in the book suggestion form.

Scan and deliver

If you can't get to Oxford to borrow the book, you can request a scan of one chapter to be sent to you.  Sign in to SOLO and choose 'Offsite scan' (for items in the closed stack) or LibraryScan (for items in libraries)

Useful links


Here's a sample of e-books you can find on SOLO.

E-book collections

Many e-books are part of collections. By going to the collection, you can search across all books, or sometimes a subject sub set. Some of the main collections which include History are listed here.