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All Souls College, The Codrington Library: How to become a Reader

Subjects: College Libraries

Who can become a Reader?

All 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 colleges' libraries are exclusively for their own members, the Codrington often acquires material which is not held elsewhere in Oxford, purely so that anyone studying here may have access to otherwise inaccessible or unavailable items.

Opening hours

Vacation hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October


Term hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm

Monday 9th October - Friday 1st December


Weekends: Closed


Contact

The Codrington Library
All Souls College
High Street
Oxford OX1 4AL

Email: Codrington Library

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 279318

The Bibliophile

Sebastian Brant, Stultifera Nauis (Basel: Johann Bergmann, 1497)

Types of Readers:

There are three types or reader/applications:

Current Oxford University Student - with a current Oxford University card; applications must be accompanied by a reference from a recommender.

Current Oxford University Tutor/Lecturer/Staff - with a current Oxford University card; no recommendation/reference is required.

Non-Oxford Researcher/Student - anyone who does not have a current Oxford University card; when applying, please state reasons for wanting access to the Codrington's collections. 

Current Oxford University Students

Three steps to registering:

1. Email the Codrington Library - Readers (Oxf: Student)

We will reply with a form requiring some basic information, the email address of a recommender, and a request for you to attach a passport-style photo (in jpg format) to your reply.

2. We will contact your recommender (preferably your tutor or supervisor - someone who can write in support of your application.

3. We will send you a confirmation email inviting you to come in to complete your registration, and to receive a brief induction to the Library.

Current Oxford University Tutors/Lecturers/Staff

Email the Codrington Library - Readers (Oxf: non-student)

We will reply with a form requiring some basic information, and a request for you to attach a passport-style photo (in jpg format) to your reply.

 

Non-Oxford Researchers/Students/Others

Email the Codrington  Library - Readers (non-Oxf)

We will reply with a form requiring some basic information, and your reasons for wanting to use the library and/or the collections; and a request for you to attach a passport-style photo (in jpg format) to your reply.