Libraries reopening

The Bodleian Libraries will begin a phased reopening to staff, students and Bodleian Reader Card Holders from Monday 10 August.

To help us keep you safe, and make sure we follow government and University guidelines, you’ll need to book your visit in advance.

Library reopening timetable

We are gradually reopening our libraries.

We are taking a phased approach to make sure that each building is reopened safely.

As we open more libraries, we will update this timetable and announce changes on our Twitter feed.

Library Reopening date Book a timeslot  Opening times

Old Bodleian Library
(Upper and Lower Reading Rooms)

Monday 10 August  Book now

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

Radcliffe Camera Monday 17 August  

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

Sackler Library Tuesday 25 August  

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

Social Science Library Monday 17 August   

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

Taylor Institution Library  Tuesday 18 August  

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

Weston Library Monday 17 August  

Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm

If your library is not scheduled to reopen yet, you can still make use of our remote and digital services.

Who will be eligible to use the libraries?

University students, staff and Bodleian Reader Card Holders will be able to book a timeslot to study in the libraries.

For students and staff, although our libraries are reopening, you should only return to the University during the long vacation with the explicit permission of your college or department.

More advice and support for students

What collections will be available?

You will be able to access:

You will not be able to order and view material from the closed stacks until early September. To access this material, use our free scan and deliver service.

How to book a study space in advance

We've introduced advance booking to help manage the number of people in our libraries and maintain safe, social distancing.

A library online booking tool will be made available the week before each library reopens. Links will be added to the table above.

Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance and will close 24 hours before your chosen timeslot.

After making your booking, we will send you a confirmation email containing important information about the new safety arrangements within our buildings.

If you have not booked in advance, unfortunately you’ll likely be turned away.

Library PCs

If you would like to use a library computer during your visit, you will need to book this in advance.

You will be able to do this using the same process as booking a study space.


The access provision varies across our libraries.

If you have any access needs, please email before making your booking so that we can let you know what we can offer.

We will then ask you to include your request in the ‘Other Information’ box when you book your study space online.

Time limits on study spaces

There will be time limits for study spaces in some libraries. These will be announced by individual libraries as they reopen.


To cancel a timeslot please email

What to expect during your library visit

What to bring with you

  • Your University or Bodleian Library Card in order to enter the library;
  • Proof of your booking (eg a screenshot or print out of your confirmation email);
  • A face covering. Unless you are exempt under the government guidelines, we will turn you away if you don’t have a face covering.

Standard rules and regulations remain around items permitted in the libraries such as bags and KeepCups, unless otherwise stated.

When you arrive

  • You'll need to use the sanitiser provided to clean your hands when you enter the library building;
  • Floor markings and signage will indicate where you should enter and exit the library;
  • Some libraries may have one-way systems, which will also be signed;
  • If there is a queue to enter the library, please follow the markings on the floor and observe social distancing by remaining two metres behind the person in front;
  • Give your name to the member of staff on duty and present your University or Bodleian Library card.

During your visit

To keep staff and other library users safe, we ask that you:

  • Wear a face covering at all times in the library, unless you are exempt under the government guidelines;
    • there may be specific exemptions for certain group study or seminar rooms - details will be provided outside individual rooms
    • do not put your face covering down on desktops or shared surfaces
  • Wash or sanitise your hands at regular intervals, including when handling books and collections.

You are welcome to come and go within your timeslot, just remember you’ll need to queue up again, present your University or Bodleian Library card and sanitise your hands when you come back in the building.

Some areas within the library may remain closed to readers, including cafes and common rooms.

If you have booked a timeslot, you will be asked to leave so we can clean the desks before the next session.

Library specific guidance

As each library reopens they will outline any specific guidance on their individual library pages.


If you have further questions or need any help, please contact the individual library or email

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