What did you state for appropriate "research need" when applying for the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford?
I am currently looking for working spaces within Oxford, and think I would benefit from access. But the form seems to indicate one needs quite a strong reason for access, such as for a particular book.
This comment is slightly tangential from the post contents, but I thought it would be better as a comment than a private message where the knowledge is lost forever. Thanks for writing this post - I enjoyed the tone and statement of observations.