All members of Oxford University and anyone with a valid Bodleian Librariesí readerís card may use the library. The library is for reference use for most readers; there is a limited lending service to academic staff and graduate students associated with the Rothermere American Institute.

If you do not have a Bodleian card and wish to visit the library for research purposes, please contact the Librarian.

Please read the information below before taking steps to complete your application for a Bodleian Reader Card, using the links provided, to ensure that the issue of a Bodleian Reader Card is the appropriate process, according to your current status, through which access to the Bodleian Libraries' collections can be provided to you.

If you do not hold a current formal affiliation to a college, department, or institution at the University of Oxford, and require access to the Bodleian Libraries, you will need to apply for a Bodleian Reader Card.

Alternatively, if you are already affiliated with the University you will have access to the Bodleian Libraries via different methods.

If you are currently: 

  • Attached to a college, department, or institution as an employee, student, or academic visitor at the University of Oxford, hold a degree from the University of Oxford, or if you are a retired member of the University of Oxford, view our Information for staff, students and graduates page.
  • Participating in a study abroad programme or summer school within Oxford, or if you are currently affiliated to a study school within Oxford, view our Information for study abroad programmes page.
  • Working for the NHS in Oxfordshire, view our Joining the library information.

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