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Remote Library Resources

The College Library is currently closed until further notice in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Library staff working from home for the foreseeable future. This list of resources and guidance has been created to help students and staff access library material remotely, and will be updated as new information becomes available.

During Trinity term, the College Library (like other Oxford libraries) will be doing its best to support college members following the University’s move to on-line learning. Our principal message therefore, as always, is to get in touch and ask for help if there is anything with which you think we can help.

The number of Library staff has been temporarily reduced this term, so any requests for help should be directed to the Librarian personally ( rather than to other members of staff. Requests for purchases can also be made using the on-line request form.

St Peter’s has joined CLeF (the College Libraries e-books Fund), which will permit the College to purchase e-books and make them available to users (in the same way as other electronic resources) via SOLO. Where an electronic version of a particular text is available to the University, this is the quickest and most efficient method of proceeding.

Please note, that from 23 March 2020, all College Library loans to continuing students not already overdue have been extended to October 2020

Reading lists are gradually being made available via ORLO, which can provide links to scanned chapters from books, although please bear in mind that not every subject has yet upload information to the site.

The Bodleian ‘Live Chat’ resource has been expanded to be available 7 days a week, 9-7 on weekdays, 10-7 at weekends.


The fundamental resource for accessing the University’s information resources. Use SOLO to search for physical (and so, for the moment, inaccessible) and electronic items, articles and other e-resources.

Digital Bodleian

Search and explore the Bodleian's collections on Digital Bodleian, with over 900,000 images of c.16,000 collection items.  


Access over 1.4 million e-books via SOLO. Filter results by Online Resources to find e-books – look for the green Online access icon for those that are currently be accessible. There is more information on accessing e-books on the e-books LibGuide.

Information on additional material being made available via the Bodleian's Covid-19 microsite.


Access over 118,000 e-journal titles is available via SOLO.  Filter results by Online Resources to show resources that can be accessed offsite – look for the green Online access icon. 

Access over 1,300 databases across a broad range of subject areas. Visit Databases A-Z or search via SOLO.


Now available via SOLO until the end of June. From the first page, follow the 'Link to Resource' and then select 'login via your institution' to get access to the materials available. These include some significant  titles in e-book format (such as the latest edition of Rang and Dale's 'Pharmacology') for which there are, at least at the moment, no records on SOLO. To find these titles, it is therefore necessary to search ClinicalKey directly.

The following resources contain materials across various disciplines. For subject-specific resources, see the individual drop-down sections below. 

  • Cambridge Core – >browse by subject >log in > click on login via Shibboleth or Athens > from the Institutions list find University of Oxford.
  • BibliU website – includes some key texts not otherwise available in online form, including amongst others some further items published by OUP. These include texts drawn from important series such as Oxford Worlds Classics and Oxford Chemistry Primers, along with various monographic and other titles. You can access this site using the ‘Log In’ button at the top right of the screen. Select your institution from the drop-down list (remember that, as usual with on-line services, you need to look under ‘U’ for ‘University of Oxford’, not under ‘O’ for ‘Oxford University’). You should then be able to sign in using your SSO.
  • VitalSource – provides access to a maximum of seven e-books free till 30th June 2020. You need to set up an account using your email to login.
  • Institute of Historical Research - Open and Free Access Materials for Research
  • Gallica – the Bibliothèque nationale de France's full-text database of earlier and out-of-copyright items
  • HathiTrust - download whole volumes of public domain items. To access, click on "LOG IN" (yellow button at top right). Type Oxford into the box, select University of Oxford, and you should be the be able to login using your SSO. (Note: the HathiTrust website includes a lot of items that will not be available as full-text to Oxford University members.)
  • Digital Online Access Books (DOAB) is a series of additional free full-text books made available via JISC’s 'Library Hub' website. 

    To access the texts of particular items you should follow these steps:

    1. Enter your search terms in the search box to the right of the doab qualifier and click on the search button to the right;
    2. Click on the short title and thumbnail for the book you want.  This will take you to the full record for that item;
    3. Scroll down towards the END of the links below the item record. To access the text, you need to click on the link with the prefix 'doab'.   

    At present, the JISC are aiming to make this resource available until the end of July.  As in the case of other emergency resources, new titles are still being added.

  • Videos and audio recordings, complementing the full text of Shakespeare's plays on the Folger Shakespeare site, along with textual notes, scene summaries, and commentary.
  • For electronic journal articles, use bibliographical databases such as the MLA International Bibliography or ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature). Find these databases on the Databases A-Z platform.
  • The English LibGuide links to several subject-specific guides which signpost to online resources useful for particular papers.
  • Search the Internet Archive for digitised largely 19th-century publications. Google Books or Project Gutenberg may also help.
  • Search the National Emergency Library to borrow any of the 1.5 million digitised 20th-century books.
  • A number of academic publishers have made additional e-books available free-of-charge on a temporary basis. We hope that records for these items will temporarily be added to SOLO in due course; in the meantime, check the following platforms: Project Muse and JSTOR
  • If you can’t find a book available as an e-book, then we may be able to purchase one, if it’s available – you can make requests via the EFL’s book recommendation form.  
  • For online performances of Shakespeare plays, try Box of Broadcasts which you can also access via the Databases A-Z platform. It’s an archive of off-air recordings from television and radio, and includes plenty of films of Shakespeare plays. You can also access recordings of live Shakespeare performances from the Globe, the RSC and more, via the Drama Online resource on Databases A-Z (individual Drama Online recordings can also be found via SOLO – restrict your search to Audio Visual). NB some Drama Online content, including all RSC performances, is available on temporary basis only, until 31 May.
  • Digital Bodleian with over 900,000 images of c 16,000 archival and rare books items.

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The Bodleian Libraries now have access to Law Trove, but it is limited free access until 31 May and access has been provided for academic purposes only.  

Please email the Law Library directly with questions and for more information:

The Bodleian Libraries are continuing to expand their collections of online textbooks with new purchases of individual titles and via temporary access to entire collections. For example:

  • There is now access to the LWW Health Library e-book collection 
  • 1,500 new e-books have been loaded into SOLO, with more added daily
  • MPLS and MSD reading lists and “hotlists” of heavily borrowed items have been checked for online availability. The Bodleian are very happy to receive recommendations – please email: and suggestions to