Opening Hours

The Library is open to registered Readers, Monday to Friday, 10am - 6:30pm during full term (weeks 1-8), and 10am - 4:30pm during vacation. There are closure periods over Christmas, Easter, and during the summer, dates of which will be announced in advance. The Library is not open to Readers at weekends. 

Summer closure dates: The Library is closing for the summer at the end of the day on Friday, 14 June 2024, and will reopen on Monday, 30 September 2024.

Registered Readers must renew their access every academic year:  

  • For those Readers with a University of Oxford affiliation, please click here for the renewal form. 
  • For those Readers without a current University of Oxford affiliation, please click here for the renewal form. 

A registered Reader with a new Bodleian/University card will need to book an appointment for their card to be added to the Library’s door access system.

Applying to the Library

Applications are closed for the summer but will be available again closer to the beginning of Michaelmas term.

New readers should apply by completing this form.

Previously registered readers with a current SSO should complete this form to renew their access.

Previously registered readers without a current SSO (readers not currently affiliated with the University of Oxford) should complete this form to renew their access.

Previously registered readers who have a new Bodleian/University card or have not yet used the Library should book an appointment for card activation.

Book Requests

Registered Readers may request use of Library books using a form: please click here.  

Please allow for 24 working hours for requests to be fulfilled. A confirmation email will be sent when the book is ready. Readers may also request books in person via paper form, but Library staff cannot guarantee immediate availability of books. Please note that the Library is reference only.  

Requests for appointments to see special collections materials, including all books published before 1850, should be emailed to 

Requests for single appointments to see modern books by anyone who is not a registered Reader should be emailed to Please do not use the book request form unless you are a registered Reader. 

The Library’s rules of conduct may be found here: 

Remote Services

  • Scan & deliver: anyone may make a request for material not available elsewhere, full details are on the form here.

The Library is also continuing to provide the following services remotely:

  • General enquiries relating to access, holdings, services, research, etc are still being managed, though please note that answers requiring our access to physical collections may take longer than usual for us to answer.
  • Special collections research (archives, manuscripts, early printed books): while visits may not always be possible, queries and image requests may be submitted by email; and it may also be possible to arrange “virtual” appointments via Teams.

For either of the above, please email the Library directly at