Statement of research need

On the second page of the Bodleian Librariesí Admission Form you will need to complete a Statement of Research Need. This is where you can tell us more about the material you would like to consult in the Bodleian Libraries, which may be useful to you as part of your research.

It is highly recommended to have consulted SOLO (the Bodleian Librariesí online catalogue for General Collections material) before completing the Statement of Research Need so as to be able to include a list of resources that you wish to consult.

SOLO is searchable from any location with internet access. It is not necessary to hold a Bodleian Reader Card in order to use our electronic catalogue.

SOLO allows readers to search for all catalogued modern printed material, which includes most books, printed journals and newspapers, maps and music printed after 1800 (unless classified as Special Collections material) as well as e-resources that are accessible with a Bodleian Reader Card.

As to Special Collections material, you are strongly advised to contact directly the Special Collections department prior to your visit in order to obtain more information on early printed resources and Special Collections material; the latter includes all manuscript and archival material, ephemera, as well as material published before 1801, and material in a named collection, or other rare material, which may not be searchable through SOLO.


Telephone: 01865 277150 (+44 1865 277150 from outside the United Kingdom)

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