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Bodleian Social Science Library Guide: Home

A short guide to the Library and our collections.

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Following guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England, our libraries are now closed until further notice.
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Quick introduction to the Bodleian Social Science Library

The Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL) exists to support staff and students in the University of Oxford Social Sciences Division, particularly in the departments of: Economics, International Development, Politics & International Relations, Sociology, Geography, and Social Policy & Intervention; in the Centres for: Criminology, Refugee Studies, Russian & East European Studies, and Socio-Legal Studies; and in the Blavatnik School of Government. The SSL also provides increasing support for African Studies, Modern Asian Studies and Anthropology.

To find out more indepth information about our collections and services, visit our Library website.

We also have a set of subject specific web guides:

Internet Studies

Migration Studies

Politics and International Relations

Refugee & Forced Migration Studies

Russian & East European Area Studies

Social Policy & Intervention

Socio Legal Studies


Who can use the Library?

All holders of valid Bodleian reader cards are eligible to use the Bodleian Social Science Library. However, only current students and staff of the University may borrow books.

Non-holders of Bodleian reader cards may be admitted on a Day Pass on presentation of identification from their home institution. A maximum of 3 Day Passes may be issued per person. If you wish to use the library for a longer period you will need to apply to the Bodleian Libraries Admissions office to see if you are eligible for a Bodleian readers card.

Contact Details

Bodleian Social Science Library

Manor Road Building
Manor Road

Tel No. 01865 271093


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