Page updated: 14 October 2020
The Bodleian Libraries have begun a phased reopening. Visits will need to be booked in advance. Find out what to expect during your visit and book a time slot. Please note that you will need to have a valid Bodleian Reader Card in order to book a slot.
The Admissions team are now ready to process applications from all applicants. Both first-time applicants as well as returning applicants will need to complete in full the application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not visit the Admissions Office but email us instead, and we will respond promptly. Any visits are strictly by prior appointment only.
If you would like to consult Special Collections material, please first email the team at email@example.com.
For any other queries please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), including if you already have a valid Bodleian Reader Card or University Card and are experiencing access issues; or if you have misplaced/lost your current card and need a day pass.
Who is eligible to apply for a Bodleian Reader Card?
The Bodleian Libraries welcomes applications both from academically-affiliated as well as independent individuals who are conducting academic, professional or private research.
Library access can be provided to any individual upon establishing a research need, and presenting the required forms of identity. An 'appropriate research need' will mean a need to use the printed or electronic collections held by the Bodleian Libraries as part of academic, professional or private research.
We are unable to admit readers who are only seeking a quiet space in which to work or who wish to access the Bodleian Libraries for purposes other than the consultation of the printed or electronic collections the Libraries hold.
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.
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.
If you are eligible, please apply for a Bodleian Reader Card.