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SOLO - Search Oxford Libraries Online: Your account

If you need help with SOLO, take a look at this guide for tips on searching, managing results and using your SOLO account.

Your account

How do I sign in to SOLO?

Which password and username should I use?

How do I renew my books?

How do I export citations?

How do I save and view searches and records?

How do I sign into SOLO?

You will need to sign into SOLO to:

  • place hold requests for items in the closed stacks or to reserve items which are on loan to other readers
  • view the full range of items when using the Articles dropdown option for a search
  • save items to your favourites
  • save search queries
  • add tags or reviews to items on SOLO

To sign on choose Sign In in the top right hand corner.

SOLO sign in button

Alternatively, watch the video at the bottom of this page, which demonstrates how to sign in (as well as how to renew books).

Which password and username should I use?

Current members of Oxford University who have a University card with a blue stripe       Image of University card

Choose Oxford SSO and sign on with your Oxford Single Sign On username and password. This is the username and password used by most colleges and departments for email. The username is nearly always in the format abcd1234. If you have forgotten your SSO or need help with it, please visit the IT Services username web site.

Other readers should choose non-Oxford members and sign on with your your library card barcode number and library password. For more details on your Library password, including information about setting up your library password and resetting forgotten passwords, please see Library passwords.


 How do I renew my books?

From the loans tab in your account, select 'renew all' or 'renew' for individual items: 

Image showing how to renew books

Some libraries do limit the number of renewals, so 'renew all' should be used with caution.

Alternatively, watch the video at the bottom of the page which demonstrates how to renew your books.

How do I export citations?

For each item in SOLO, you will find a three-dot menu which you click to export citations:

Image showing how to export individual citations from SOLO

How do I save and view searches and records?
Sign into your account to save records and searches from each browser session. If you do not sign in, you can only save records and searches for the immediate session you are on. You will still be able to export saved records.

Image showing hot to save search queries

  • To view saved searches, records and search history click on the 'search history' icon, which is available at the top of the screen on the right or from the drop down menu which is available once you have signed in. Likewise, click on the 'pin' icon to see which records you have pinned to favourites.

     Image showing how to access your Favourites
  • Once in your Favourites, you can unpin items so they are no longer in your Favourites, label items, export items and sort them.

Image showing your Favourites


This video created by Kat Steiner at the Education Library demonstrates how to sign into SOLO and renew your books.