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.
Vacation hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October
Term hours: 9:30am - 6:30pm
Monday 9th October - Friday 1st December
Sebastian Brant, Stultifera Nauis (Basel: Johann Bergmann, 1497)
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.
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.
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.
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.