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The Bodleian Libraries

Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG
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About

The Bodleian Libraries has been the academic heart of Oxford for 600 years. The central library for the University of Oxford, the Bodleian Libraries is home to over 13 million items, including the Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s first folio and the Gutenberg bible.

In the Bodleian’s reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, amongst them monarchs, Nobel Prize winners, British Prime Ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The ‘Bod’ is still a working library, with thousands of readers studying in the reading rooms every year.

A popular location for filming, the Bodleian has featured in some of the most well-known films of recent years. These include Harry Potter, The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Saltburn.

Guided tours

The best way to experience both the Bodleian and Oxford, is on guided tours with our fantastic guides. Delivered daily, we offer a comprehensive tours programme where visitors can learn about the incredible history of our medieval library and the relationship between the University and city of Oxford. Guided tours of the library include the Old Bodleian and the iconic Radcliffe Camera.

Weston Library

The Weston Library is a short walk away from the Old Bodleian Library and has a café and shop, and is where all onsite tickets for the guided tours can be purchased. The Weston Library is also home to fantastic free exhibitions, putting some of our most special treasures on display. 

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Guide Prices

Please visit the Bodleian Libraries website for up to date information on ticket prices.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

There are limited parking spaces available on Broad Street and Parks Road. If you wish to drive, you will find Park and Ride by far the best way to get into Oxford.

 

There are five on-street Blue Badge parking spaces near the Bodleian Libraries: one in front of Exeter College; two outside Blackwell's book shop on Broad Street and two on Parks Road, near the King's Arms pub.

Please refer to the Oxford Tourist Information Centre for more information on disabled parking spaces and procedures.

Public Transport Directions

Oxford has great transport links by bus and rail. Oxford is less than an hour from London and Birmingham by train. The Old Bodleian Library and Weston Library are a 15-minute walk from Oxford train station. The city centre has brilliant bus connections and there are five Park and Ride sites connected to Oxford. For more information visit the Oxford City Council website.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Weston library exhibitions fully wheelchair accessible. Divinity School at the Old Bodleian Library fully wheelchair accessible

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Children must be 11 years+

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount
  • Group discounts available

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00

* Closed: Easter Sunday, 24 – 26 December and 1 January.

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