Independent researchers applying for a Bodleian Reader card


From 21 June 2021, the Bodleian Libraries will reopen to all readers and the Admissions Office will resume a more expanded service.

We will be processing applications for first-time and renewing applicants who wish to consult material at any of the Bodleian Libraries.

To consult the special collections material at the Weston Library, please email in the first instance. You can then contact for information on completing the application process.

The Admissions Office remains closed to in-person visits.

You can find more information on our service updates page or our Twitter account.

Independent researchers applying for or renewing a Bodleian Reader card.

Make a Bodleian Reader card application

  1. Download and complete the application form, including the statement of research need  
  2. Email your application to
  3. We will review your application and email you with the steps to complete the application process


You will need to pay our standard admission charge.

If you are retired and over 65 years of age at the time you are applying, you may qualify for a free-of-charge Bodleian Reader card, which will be issued for six months at a time.

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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