Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 09:00-22:00 (last entry 21:40)
Saturday 11:00-18:00 (last entry 17:40)
Sunday   12:00-18:00 (last entry 17:40)

Christmas - New Year: Plus additional days (with minor variation from year to year)

Easter: Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive.

Late August: August Bank holiday and the preceding weekend (dates vary from year to year).

St Giles' closure: Monday and Tuesday of St Giles' Fair (early September) and the preceding weekend. 

Closed periods are also advertised in advance on the news page of this website

Entry to the Library requires a valid swipe card (University card or Bodleian card registered at the Sackler reception). It is essential for readers to bring their card on all visits to the Library.


Valid Bodleian Libraries Reader ID (University card or Bodleian card) required.

Registered readers: Please present your card to the card reader device and wait for the light to stop.

Non-registered readers: Please obtain your Reader ID from Admissions, Clarendon Building.

Visitors/Reader ID problems: Please use the buzzer/intercom to contact the Lodge/Reception 

Closing time

The front doors are kept locked. Use Reader ID to access.

No admission from 21:40 Monday & Friday; from 17:40 Saturday & Sunday.

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