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Local History for Continuing Education: Books

Finding books

On this page you can find out about:

  • Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries 
  • Browsing the shelves at the Continuing Education Library for books on Local History
  • Finding books beyond Oxford

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 guides.

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 it's 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 Local History books in the Continuing Education Library

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




941.006 Landscape history 270-279 History of religion
941.0061-62   Rural and village history     304-307 Social history
941.0063  Urban history 331 History of work
941.0064 Place-names and field-names       338.10941 Agricultural history
941.0072 Local history research 360-364 Health, poor law, crime
941.00721-729   Sources for local history 728.808941-42   British country houses
942 Local histories 936 British archaeology
    941 British history

Oversize books are located in the Lower Library (001 – 936.283) and in the Reading Room (936.284 – 999) and pamphlets can be found in the Lower Library (001-999). A separate collection of books and pamphlets relating to Oxfordshire local history is also available in the Upper Library (001-942.59); this includes material on Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

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.

Searching for books on a topic

You can search SOLO to find books on a topic. If you are looking for books on a Local History topic, the Bibliography of British and Irish History can help you do a more structured search for books and book chapters, allowing you to specify the exact dates you are interested in.