Bodleian Reader card charges

 

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 specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk in the first instance. You can then contact admissions@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 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.

Hardship

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 admissions@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. We will ask for a form of personal identitification as part of this process.