Information about how to access St John’s Special Collections

Booking an Appointment

Items in the Library's special collections can only be consulted during our designated consultation times by booking a research visit in advance.

To arrange a consultation appointment, please submit a Research Visit Request. To avoid disappointment, please arrange your visit well in advance as consultation times book out quickly.

Consultation Times

Our consultation times for pre-booked research visits are:

Thursdays, 09:30-11:30 and/or 13:30-15:30

Fridays, 09:30-11:30 and/or 13:30-15:30

Restricted Items

Some items are restricted or require special permission before they can be consulted.

Advice for Students on Accessing Special Collections in Oxford Colleges

If you are new to consulting special collections or if you would just like to learn more about special collections at Oxford colleges, you may find this film made by the librarians of Balliol College together with many other Oxford librarians useful. It combines practical advice with an introduction to the great diversity of material held in Oxford colleges.