Join the Friends of the Bodleian


The Friends of the Bodleian enrich the Libraries' collections by encouraging donations and providing an income for the purchase of manuscripts and printed books, supplementary to the amount allocated from the Bodleian's own funds.

The Friends have enabled the Libraries to acquire research material in the whole range of subjects represented in there, particularly items and collections that the Libraries would not otherwise be able to afford.

As a Friend you will carry forward a centuries-old tradition of preserving the world's intellectual heritage and make a positive contribution to learning. You will also enjoy a range of benefits, including free lectures, special events and tours, guest passes to Duke Humfrey's Library and special members' discounts.


Ordinary Membership

£45 per annum (single) | £70 per annum (dual)

Exclusive events and free lectures 

Literary and musical evenings 

Private views of exhibitions

Special tours of the Library and visits to other libraries in the UK and abroad

Friends' newsletter

Annual lecture with special guest speaker 

A 10% discount on purchases from the Bodleian Shop

A 10% discount at the Bodleian Café in the Weston Library

10% discount on the price of a Bodleian Reader Card 

Guest pass to Duke Humfrey's Library

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Student Membership

£15 per annum

Student Membership includes all the benefits of Ordinary Membership. It is available to all students until such time as they take the degree for which they have enrolled. 

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Honourable Membership

£70 per annum (single) | £110 per annum (dual)

Honourable Membership includes all the benefits of Ordinary Membership, plus:

A subscription to The Bodleian Library Record, the Library's scholarly journal containing articles on literary, historical and bibliographical topics, especially those concerned with the Library's collections (£40 value).

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Life Membership

£700 one-off payment (single) | £1,100 one-off payment (dual)

The benefits of Honourable Membership for life.


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Gift Membership

From £45

When you give membership as a gift, there is more than one beneficiary. While the recipient enjoys exclusive events in beautiful Oxford surroundings, the Libraries are able to further enrich their collections for future generations of scholars. Presented as an attractive greeting card, this special gift is available by completing the membership form below and returning it to the Friends.

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Postal membership form

Friends of the Bodleian, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG.


The membership rates quoted are minimum sums. You are urged to consider subscribing more or donating separately.

Annual subscriptions are due on the anniversary of the member's first payment.