Users' Guide

The Library may be used by college members ONLY. Other University members and researchers who wish to consult any of the books must apply to do so by contacting the Librarian. College members are allowed to borrow up to 12 books at a time, for a period of four weeks.

Borrowing Books

The library operates a self-issue system which allows readers to check out their own books. On the self-issue terminals follow the instructions that appear on the screen and scan your university card barcode and the barcode inside the front cover of the book when prompted to do so.  All St. Cross College members have been registered on OLIS, the Oxford University Library System. The due date for all items borrowed is one month from the date you issued the item to yourself.

Renewing Books

A week before a book is due back, an e-mail reminder will be sent to you. You can only renew books before the due date and if there is no request for the book from another reader. After the book has been renewed three times it must be returned for the Librarian to see it and check it in and out again. After that it may be renewed a further three times.
This can be done via SOLO, up to three times in a row, from any computer linked to the Internet.

  • In SOLO click on Sign On (Oxford SSO)
  • Enter your username and password
  • Click on Continue to Shibboleth Identity Provider
  • Click on My Account (Top right corner)
  • Click on Renew for the title you wish to renew
  • Click on Sign Out

Returning Books

There is a secure returns drop near the entrance to the Library, please put returned books here so that they can be checked in. There is also a secure returns cupboard in the entrance hall on the left next to the glass doors leading into the College.



Please note that the self-issue machine is for checking out books ONLY. To renew a book, please log in to your SOLO account. To return a book, please put it in a secure returns drop.