Academics at other universities applying for a Bodleian Reader card

Non-University of Oxford academics applying for or renewing a Bodleian Reader card. Please note that the application process is always the same, whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your Bodleian Reader card.

If you are a University of Oxford academic or an affiliated academic visitor, you automatically get access to the Bodleian Libraries with your University card.

 

Applications from academics at UK universities. The University of Oxford is not currently a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme. However, for the duration of their contracts (maximum 4 years at a time), we offer free, reference-only access throughout the year to academic staff members at UK public universities and institutions that are members of SCONUL.

Make a Bodleian Reader card application

  1. Download and complete the application form, including the statement of research need. You are welcome to email your completed application form to admissions@bodleian.ox.ac.uk up to one week prior to your arrival.
  2. On the day you come to the Admissions Office, please bring your completed application form and ID documents with you.
  3. Find out more about our opening hours, and read our guidance on arriving at the office and pre-ordering material.

Bring the following proofs with you when you come to Admissions

One proof of identity in their original format:

  • passport*
  • photo driving licence*
  • national identity card*
  • bank card
  • credit card
  • photo bus pass
  • Police/Customs/Home Office/Warrant Card

One proof of address in hard or electronic copy in English, dated within six months of the current application being made:

  • utility bill (electricity, gas, internet, telephone, water)
  • bank statement
  • credit card statement
  • building society statement
  • payslip (where both the employer’s and the employee’s addresses are stated)
  • Council Tax bill 
  • TV licence

Proof of academic affiliation and end date:

  • staff card
  • signed letter on official letterhead from your Faculty/Department showing the end date of your affiliation.

*These documents can be used both proof of identity and proof of permanent home address, where the address has been officially printed.

Cost

Library access granted

All Bodleian Reader card holders get reference-only access to printed material in the Bodleian Libraries and no borrowing privileges or remote access to subscription electronic resources.

You have access to most of the Bodleian Libraries throughout the year and vacation-only access to the remaining libraries.

If the material you wish to consult is only available in a vacation-only library, you may contact the relevant library to arrange possible term-time access in order to consult the specific item.

Term and vacation dates

 

Applications from academics at international universities

Make a Bodleian Reader card application

  1. Download and complete the application form, including the statement of research need  
  2. Book an appointment to come to the Admissions Office
  3. On the day of your appointment please bring your completed application form and ID documents with you

Bring the following proofs to your appointment

One proof of identity in their original format:

  • passport*
  • photo driving licence*
  • national identity card*
  • bank card
  • credit card
  • photo bus pass
  • Police/Customs/Home Office/Warrant Card

One proof of address in hard or electronic copy in English, dated within six months of the current application being made:

  • utility bill (electricity, gas, internet, telephone, water)
  • bank statement
  • credit card statement
  • building society statement
  • payslip (where both the employer’s and the employee’s addresses are stated)
  • Council Tax bill
  • TV licence

Proof of academic affiliation:

  • staff or faculty card
  • signed letter on official letterhead from your Faculty/Department in English

*These documents can be used both proof of identity and proof of permanent home address, where the address has been officially printed.

Cost

You will need to pay our standard admission charge.

Library access granted

All Bodleian Reader card holders get reference-only access to printed material in the Bodleian Libraries and no borrowing privileges or remote access to subscription electronic resources.

You have access to most of the Bodleian Libraries throughout the year and vacation-only access to the remaining libraries.

Term and vacation dates

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