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Current members of Oxford University are welcome to join the library as readers; this applies to both undergraduates and graduates, as well as to fellows, tutors, and researchers from other colleges and departments. We traditionally support those studying law and history, but the collections, especially the early printed books collections, are much broader in subject coverage. However, anyone who has a good reason to use our resources is welcome to apply.

Although most college libraries are exclusively for their own members, the Codrington often acquires material which is not held elsewhere in Oxford, in order to allow anyone studying here to have access to otherwise inaccessible or unavailable items.

Anyone wishing to apply to become a reader should fill out the form below.

Personal Details
Please use this text box, if you have entered "Other" in any of the fields above, to give other levels of study, course titles, institutional affiliation, faculty or department, or other research reason for needing access to the Library

All students (undergraduate or postgraduate) need to complete the section below naming their tutor, supervisor, or other senior person who can recommend them to the Library.

Fellows, lecturers, and senior members need not provide details of a recommender, but should give details of their position, or reason for needing access to the library, in the “Additional details” box above, and submit their own email address in lieu of a recommender’s.

Independent researchers and private scholars may be required to provide a letter of introduction from an academic referee indicating their need to consult research material. Please note that the latter may only be granted temporary access depending on their research needs.

(must be an address)
Please upload a passport-style photo.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact the Library using the contact form here.