We welcome applications from:
Library access can be provided to any individual upon establishing a research need and presenting the required forms of identity.
Applicants must normally be over 18 years of age at the time they are applying in order to be considered for a Bodleian Reader card.
We finalise cards both for first-time and renewing applicants in person at our Admissions Office. Find out more about our opening hours, and read our guidance on arriving at the office and pre-ordering material.
Charges apply to some applicants.
Once your application has been processed and accepted you will receive a Bodleian Reader card, subject to the Bodleian Libraries' Rules of Conduct.
Statement of research need
You need to write a statement of research need to accompany your application for a Bodleian Reader card.
- Your reasons for applying for a card
- The specific material you would like to consult
- How this is useful for your research
Other individuals who can access the Bodleian Libraries
You can also access the Bodleian Libraries if you are:
If you are a member of a study abroad or tutorial college programme or summer school and would like to access the Bodleian Libraries, access is agreed via the programme.
Please contact your programme or course coordinator who will need to email the Bodleian Libraries Admissions Officer.
Contact the Admissions Office
For application questions and other queries, including lost cards or if none of our categories describe your current circumstances, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the Bodleian Libraries does not issue any letters of invitation for visa, funding or for any other purpose, and we do not engage into any correspondence to that end.
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