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Sciences for Continuing Education: Finding books

A guide to Library resources for the Sciences

    Search SOLO

Click on SOLO, type your search terms into the box and click Go

New books

Monthly lists of new books added to the Rewley House Continuing Education Library can be found on the Library website

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to recommend an item for purchase by the Library, please fill in a Book Suggestion form.

Please note that it may not be possible to purchase all recommendations, depending on availability and cost.

How to find books on SOLO


You can locate books (both print and electronic) by looking them up on SOLO, Oxford libraries' catalogue, at is the catalogue for all the libraries in the University of Oxford, but please note that if you are a weekly class student, you may only access books held in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library.







Are you looking for a specific book?  Enter the author's surname and a few significant words from the title. Leave out words like 'the', 'an', 'of' etc






Are you only interested in books held by the Rewley House Continuing Education Library?  On the main SOLO search screen, click 'All libraries/Collections' and select 'Continuing Education Library' from the dropdown box.








For more information on searching SOLO, see the SOLO Guide
















Print collections

You can find books in the Sciences on the lower floor of the Library. The main shelfmarks are:

520-529 Astronomy 560-569 Paleontology
530-539 Physics 570-571 Life sciences
540-549 Chemistry 580-589 Botanical sciences
550-559 Earth sciences 590-599 Zoological sciences

 Some books may be in the Oversize section at the beginning of the sequence, these are marked 'Oversize' on SOLO

Finding and accessing e-books on SOLO

The results of search on SOLO may include e-books. The title will include [electronic resource] and 'View Online' will be displayed instead of Find & Request. Click the 'View Online' to access the item. Weekly class students can access e-books from PCs in the Library or in the Student resource Room at Ewert House. You will need to register with the Library to obtain a log in for the PCs.

If you have entered a search on SOLO, you can choose to see only online items by clicking  'Online Resources' at the top of the results screen if displayed.

To search specifically for e-books:

  • Enter your search terms in the SOLO search box
  • Select 'Books' from the 'All items' dropdown box
  • Select 'Online Resources' fom the 'All libraries/Collections' drop down box