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Sainsbury Library: Library Induction Series: Home

Videos describing the services and resources of the Sainsbury Library at the Said Business School.

Welcome to the Sainsbury Library!

Welcome to the Sainsbury Library! The University's Business & Management subject library, at the Saïd Business School. The Sainsbury Library is one of the Bodleian Libraries, a collection of research and departmental libraries dotted across Oxford. Access to the library is currently restricted to those who have seat bookings, so please see below for information on how to book your seat. The library is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with additional seatings until 7pm available at the start of Michaelmas Term.

We realise that this year is a little unusual, but we hope that you will be able to help you find all the information you need to feel confident in how to use the library and the online resources available to you. The library staff are on hand to answer any questions, just contact us using the details on the left. There are no stupid questions (actually we prefer the stupid ones because they're usually easier to answer!), so please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

For further help

Borrowing rights

Members of the Saïd Business School have the following loan allowances in the Sainsbury Library. Books can be renewed as many times as required via your SOLO account providing no-one else has put in a reservation. Vacation loans are activated at the end of each term, meaning you won't have to return your books until the beginning of the next term.


  Lower Reading Room Upper Reading Room (Stack) & Annexe
Undergraduates & Taught Postgraduates Up to 12 books for 1 week Up to 10 books for 1 week
DPhils & SBS Staff/Faculty Up to 12 books for 1 week Up to 16 books for 1 week


SOLO Top Tips

Video created by Becci Hutchins and Catherine Dockerty. Created 18th May 2020.

Induction Series

Please start familiarising yourself with the Sainsbury Library by watching the videos below. You should then move on to the videos covering SOLO. You may want to save the videos covering Business databases until you start undertaking your own research.

Due to Covid-19, if you don't have a seat booking in the library, you can only borrow books using the Click & Collect service. Please do not try to access the library without a booking in order to borrow or return books.

SOLO & borrowing books

The University libraries' catalogue is called SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online). Use SOLO to search for books, articles, newspapers, databases, journals and more. In order to access the full set of resources available to you, you will need to sign in with your Single Sign On.

Searching on Business & Management databases

We subscribe to a large number of databases related to the study of Business & Management. The videos below cover how to search on two of our journal article databases.


Use the links below to access the many databases available to you.