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Bodleian Library

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Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom
01865 287400 www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/visit

Oxford’s libraries are among the most famous in the world, not only for their exceptional collection of books and manuscripts, but also for their historic buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages.

Today the Bodleian Library offers visitors a unique experience, combining the antiquity of the Old Library with the modern exhibition space of the Weston Library.

Expert guides bring to life the story of the Library on our behind the scenes tours30 Minute Tours include a visit to the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, and the medieval Duke Humfrey’s Library, both of which featured in the Harry Potter films.  60 Minute Tours include both of these sites, as well as the Convocation House, recently featured in the Oscar-winning film The Favourite, and Chancellor’s Court.  Extended 90 Minute Tours also visit the iconic Radcliffe Camera, one of Oxford’s most celebrated landmarks.

Self-guided audio tours visiting the Divinity School and Quadrangles are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.  These provide a fascinating overview of the Library and University’s history and architecture.

The recently renovated purpose-built Weston Library offers two free-access rotating exhibitions featuring notable works from our collections.   Details of current exhibitions are available on our website: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson.

 

Opening Times

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
The Library is open all year round, except at Christmas, New Year and Easter, when we close on certain days.

 

Prices for 2019 per person

Self-guided visits

Divinity School entrance – £2

Audio tours – £4

Bookable online at: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/visit/tours/group

Guided tours

30 Minute Tours – £6

60 Minute Tours – £9

90 Minute Tours – £15

Bookable within two weeks of the tour date at: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/visit/tours/tickets-and-booking

 

For further information, including tour times and prices for groups, please see our website: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/visit/tours

Please note: access to the reading rooms is via several flights of stairs only.  Due to restrictions within the reading rooms, we are unfortunately unable to welcome children under the age of 11 on our guided tours.

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