Join the libraries

We are not currently taking registrations in person for membership of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries. You must apply online.

If you come to one of the library sites in person and ask to be registered, you will be directed to this page to make an online registration.

Who can apply?

We are taking registrations for:  

  • OUH Hospitals NHS Foundation staff
  • staff and students in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.

How to apply

Before applying, please read our Privacy Notice (PDF) and the Bodleian Libraries Rules of Conduct.

You will need:

  • a completed application form (see below)
  • a passport-style photo saved in a JPEG format

For both your form and photo, the file name should include your name and your month and year of birth – eg JackJones_Apr1986.

Email your application form and photo to

If you are a member of OUH NHS staff, please email this information from your OUH email address. If you are an Oxford Brookes student or member of staff within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, please email from your Brookes email address.

When you send us your application, please let us know if you wish to collect your card from the Cairns Library at the John Radcliffe, the Girdlestone Memorial Library, or the Horton Hospital Library. We are unable to send cards to Knowledge Centre sites at present.

Application forms

Please use the correct application form in one of the available formats. You only need to fill in the first side of the form, but please email both pages to us.

We ask for an email address on the form. This is used to send courtesy reminders for any items you may borrow, and for password resets requests for Bodleian Reader PCs.

If possible, please physically sign the form and scan it. Otherwise, type in your name where the form asks for a signature at the bottom of the first page. Please remember to date it.

Oxford University NHS Hospitals Foundation staff

Oxford Brookes Faculty of Health & Life Sciences staff and students

Collecting your card

Once your card is ready, we will email you using the email address on your application form to let you know how to collect your card, as well as information about how to access the Bodleian Reader PCs within the Cairns, NOC and Knowledge Centre libraries.