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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.
- 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:
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.
must complete the
Bodleian Library Recommendation Form
(requires a Brookes login to access the form). Please see
Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library
for guidance on completing the form.
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
website. Please note that applicants must be in good standing at their home institution library (no overdue loans or outstanding fines) before applying.
Most university websites include a link to their library catalogue, or these services may be helpful: