Access to other libraries

  • In some circumstances you may need to use libraries other than our own. Your Academic Liaison Librarian will be pleased to help and advise you.

  • The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford. It is also a copyright deposit library, which means that a copy of all British publications should be deposited in its collections by the publisher under copyright law. The Bodleian Libraries Group includes, amongst many others, the (central) Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Science Library, Sackler Library and the Bodleian Social Science Library.

    Use SOLO - the catalogue of the major collections of the University of Oxford - to find out what is available.

    As a member of Oxford Brookes University, you may apply to join the Bodleian Library if you fall within one of the following categories:

    • Students on degree courses in semester 2 of year 2, and in years 3 and 4, engaged in dissertation or project work
    • ERASMUS exchange students
    • Taught postgraduate students
    • Research students and staff

    This access is a privilege and not a right that automatically comes with admission to programmes of study at Brookes. It is possible that your application may be turned down by the Academic Liaison Librarian where such access is not appropriate or falls outside the terms of the scheme. Membership is to enable access to resources and is not available for those looking only for study space.

    How to apply for membership

    Research students and staff: Apply directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office for a Reader card. Further details are included in Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library - PDF

    Other students must complete the Bodleian Library Recommendation Form (requires a Brookes login to access the form, which is a PDF). Please see Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library (PDF) for guidance on completing the form.


    Staff and students may apply for a British Library Reader pass. Further information is available from the British Library.

    If you live or work some distance from Oxford you may wish to use other academic libraries. Higher education institutions participating in the SCONUL Access scheme give borrowing facilities to staff and research students, part-time and distance learning students and full-time postgraduate students. Full-time undergraduate students have reference access only.

    Check access availability at the SCONUL website. Please note that applicants must be in good standing at their home institution library (no overdue loans or outstanding fines) before applying.

    Access25 is the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries' scheme which allows mutual access to more than 50 libraries in London and south east England. Brookes postgraduate research students and staff are eligible to join the scheme. Other Brookes students are recommended to use the SCONUL Access Scheme instead.
    The Oxfordshire History Centre, run by Oxfordshire County Council, looks after historic documents relating to the county from about 1150 to the present day. It is located at St Luke's Church, Temple Road, Cowley. If you wish to look at original records, you will need to register for a County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket.

    Most university websites include a link to their library catalogue, or these services may be helpful:

    • SOLO - the catalogue of the major collections of the University of Oxford
    • British Library Main Catalogue
    • Library Hub Discover provides a means of searching the Library catalogues of more than 100 major UK and Irish libraries, including the British Library, many university libraries and specialist research libraries
    • M25 Consortium:
      • Search 25 offers simultaneous searching across the catalogues of M25 Consortium member libraries
      • MASC25 (Mapping Access to Special Collections in the London Region) is an online resource guide to printed special collections in university libraries in the M25 Consortium
    • Library Hub Discover is the most comprehensive source of information about the location of serials (journals) in libraries throughout the UK