Researching in person

Step One: Do I need to come to the Library?

Please first ensure that the material you wish to see is not available online, either through:

If there are already surrogates, you will be asked to use these, and you may be able to do this from home or from within a UK Higher or Further Education institution. Please email if you are in doubt or read our information page about the John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (ProQuest).

Step Two: Contact the Librarian

Please note that the Collection may be consulted by appointment only. If you have established that you need to visit the library in person, please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection to discuss your visit, the material to be ordered, and to make an appointment.  All material is ordered through the Librarian. You must allow time for it to arrive in the Reading Room.

Step Three: Getting a reader's card (category A)

To consult material in the John Johnson Collection, you will need a category 'A' Bodleian reader's card.  New readers should download and complete the Admissions forms. Please bring the forms, proof of identity and of academic status (where relevant) to Admissions on the first day of your visit.

Holders of 'S' cards will normally need to get their cards upgraded.

For full details of admission to the Bodleian and links to the forms, please see our Admissions web pages

Step Four: The Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room

Printed ephemera are consulted in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room at the Weston Library.  It is no longer necessary to book a seat, but appointments are highly recommended as ordering is mediated through the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection

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