Oxford University issued the first University Card to students in 1994. Since 1996 University Cards have been available for staff and visitors in all Departments and Colleges within the University.
Students, staff and invited academic visitors require a University Card to gain access to libraries, computing services and some College and University buildings. The card is used for security purposes and where access control or other automated systems are in use. It also serves to identify those entitled to use University facilities and services. Entitlement to University IT facilities varies according to your University status.