Reader Applications

The Library is open by application (or by appointment to see specific material) to anyone undertaking academic work.

Any current member of the University of Oxford is welcome to apply to be a Library Reader: this applies to both undergraduates and graduates, as well as to fellows, tutors, researchers, and staff from other colleges and departments.

Researchers and students from other academic institutions, and independent researchers, are also welcome to apply to be Readers. If you do not have a University of Oxford affiliation, please email for the link to the appropriate Reader application form.

The Library traditionally supports those studying law and history, but the collections, especially the early printed books collections, are much broader in subject coverage. Although most college libraries are exclusively for their own members, the Library, All Souls College often acquires material which is not held elsewhere in Oxford, to allow anyone studying here to have access to otherwise inaccessible or unavailable items.

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

If over the summer you require use of a book only held at All Souls College, please contact with the bibliographic details of the book (author, title, shelfmark, and SOLO permalink) and your availability.