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Bodleian Library

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom
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The world-famous Bodleian Libraries is a must-see cultural destination in the heart of Oxford. The principal University library – the Bodleian Library – was established in 1602 and takes its name from the founder, Sir Thomas Bodley. The history of the libraries dates back to approximately 1320 when the first purpose-built university library was established in the nearby University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The Bodleian Library was the first of the UK’s six Legal Deposit Libraries, entitled to a free copy of all books published in the UK.

Visitors can explore the Divinity School, the University’s oldest teaching and examination room and a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture which was opened in 1488. Guided tours can take visitors into historical rooms such as the atmospheric Duke Humfrey’s Library, which you might recognise from popular films and TV series like Harry Potter and A Discovery of Witches. Over the road at the modern Weston Library visitors can enjoy free, inspiring exhibitions featuring items from the libraries’ rare collections. The site also offers a café and two unique gift shops.


Opening Times:

The Bodleian is currently closed to the public (open only for University Students)

Normal opening hours:

Exhibitions: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Tours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

The Library is open all year round, except at Christmas, New Year and Easter, when we close on certain days.

Please visit Tours of the Bodleian libraries for updated opening times and bookings.


Prices per person:

Self-guided visits

Divinity School entrance – £2.50

Audio tours – £4.50


Guided tours

30 Minute Tours – £9

60 Minute Tours – £12


For further information, including tour times and prices for groups, please see our website: visit.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/plan-your-visit

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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