Bodleian Reader card charges


From 6 April 2021, the Weston Library will reopen to all readers and the Admissions Office will resume a limited service.

We will only be processing applications for first-time and renewing applicants who require access to the special collections at the Weston Library. No other applicants can be considered at this time.

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.

Standard admission charges

Our standard admission charges are as follows:

Duration Cost
Up to 1 week £6
More than 1 week – 6 months £20
More than 6 months – 1 year £38
More than 1 – 2 years £72
More than 2 – 3 years £108
More than 3 – 4 years £142
Lost cards £6


If you hold a National Art Pass, you are eligible for a 50% discount on the standard admission charges.

Payments are currently taken over the telephone using a valid debit or credit card. We accept most of the major debit or credit cards.

Free Bodleian Reader cards

We issue free Bodleian Reader cards to the following individuals:

You can also have a free card if you only require access to:

Charges are applicable if you lose your card.


For UK citizens, you can apply for a free Bodleian Reader card if you receive:

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Housing Benefit
  • Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income Support.

When asked, you will need to show us official correspondence, dated within six months of the application being made.

For non-UK citizens hardship, you may be able to access a free Bodleian Reader card if you are a citizen of a country listed as Low Income by the World Bank.

Please bring your passport as evidence.

Friends of the Bodleian

If you are a Friend of the Bodleian, you can get a 10% discount on a Bodleian Reader card for a maximum of one year, unless you have lifetime membership.

Duration Cost
Up to 1 week £5.40
More than 1 week – 6 months £18
More than 6 months – 1 year £34.20
More than 1 – 2 years £64.80
More than 2 – 3 years £97.20
More than 3 – 4 years £127.80
Lost cards  £6


Lost or stolen cards

If your card was lost or stolen, you will have to reapply for a Bodleian Reader card through the normal process.

Lost cards are charged at £6.

If your card was stolen, we can offer a replacement free of charge if you provide the crime reference number.

University cards

We cannot replace lost University cards. You will need to contact the Estates department.

We can issue a temporary day pass if you need to access a Bodleian Library before your card is replaced.

Please email We will ask for a form of personal identitification as part of this process.