This post is designed to help new readers find their way around Nuffield College Library.
A great starting point for information is the Library website! However, we also regularly update our social media pages with current affairs items and publications of interest to the social sciences, such as the recent ‘State of the Nation 2014’ report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. Our social media includes Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blog, Delicious and Library Thing. Follow us to keep informed about new developments!
Photocopying, scanning & printing
There is a photocopier/scanner/printer in the second floor reading room. You will need to get a Nuffield Library EMOS photocopy card from the Library circulation desk or the Accounts Department for Nuffield College members for photocopying. Printing for Nuffield College members is done from here by linking into the College network and choosing that printer.
There are several computer workstations in the reading rooms, which can be used to search SOLO and access the Internet. You can also print from these; this costs 5p per printed side and printouts should be collected and paid for at the Circulation Desk.
Internet access is available via the computer workstations in the reading room, but Nuffield College members can also access it on laptops/tablets/electronic devices via the wireless networks: Nuffield WLAN, OWL and Eduroam.
How to find books
1. Find the shelfmark:
Most of our stock is searchable on SOLO, once you have found a book, click on the “Find and request” tab:
You can see which Oxford libraries have a copy, click on the plus sign next to Nuffield. You can now see the shelfmark (also known as a call number) and whether or not the book is available:
2. Find out which floor the shelfmark is on:
You can find these posters in the Library which tell you on which floor you can find the various shelfmarks. This particular book – DA 16.D is on the 3rd floor. You can take most books off the shelf yourself, but anything which says “closed access” (for example theses or short loan books) please ask at the Enquiry Desk on the 1st floor. Anything which has a shelfmark beginning with “X” is kept in the Library Extension, in the basement of L Staircase.
3. Finding your way around
Members of Nuffield College who wish to borrow books not held anywhere in Oxford can submit an inter-library loan request on the Nuffield College intranet. You will need to be signed into the intranet to access the inter-library loan request form. On the intranet, go to ‘Resources’ and then ‘Library’. Here you’ll find the link to the ‘Inter-library loan request form.’ Please supply as much information as possible. Clicking ‘save’ will submit your request. We will get in touch with you about your request as soon as possible.
Please contact inter-library loans via email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New book requests
Members of Nuffield College can submit a book request. If you would like the Library to buy a book that is in line with our acquisition policy, which can be found here, complete a book request form. You need to be signed into the intranet to access the book request form. The link for the form can be found on the ‘Library’ page on the Nuffield College intranet. Click on ‘Request new book’ and fill in the form with as much detail as possible. If you do not need the book urgently then please select ‘less urgently’. When you click ‘save’ at the bottom of the form this submits your request.
Newspapers and Magazines
The library subscribes to newspapers with current issues kept in the Current Affairs Room on the 1st floor of the library. We have both English language and foreign language newspapers, which are kept for two months. The older newspapers are kept in the Cole Room on the 2nd floor behind the wooden lectern.
The library also keeps popular magazines like the The Economist and Spectator in the magazine rack in the Current Affairs Room. Both newspapers and magazines can be taken out on loan from the library by members of college.
Theses and Safe items
If you would like to look at somebody’s thesis or an item from the Safe collection, please ask a member of staff at the enquiry desk as they are only accessible by staff. If you give us the title, author (and year for theses) then we can fetch the item for you. College members can borrow theses and items from the Safe collection for 1 week, although different rules apply for external members.
Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions.