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Bodleian Libraries

Oxford

Type:Historic Site

Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG

Tel: 01865 287400

Bodleian Libraries

About

Different ticket options allow you to visit the interior of some of the buildings, such as the University’s oldest teaching and examination room, The Divinity School (built 1427-88). Here you will discover more of the University’s fascinating history. Our guided tours go behind the scenes in the Library, including its oldest research library, the Duke Humfrey’s Library, which has been in constant use for over 400 years.

You can also visit the Weston Library which was completely renovated and reopened in 2015. This award winning building features the Café and shop, but also displays and exhibitions, which are free of charge and display some of the finest examples from the library collections.

We are open all year round, except at Christmas, New Year and Easter, when we close on certain days. Please check our web site for opening dates at these times.

Please note that certain areas of the library may close at short notice due to university, library or other hosted events.

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Bodleian Library Reviews (from Trip Advisor)

Average rating 4.5/5 from 1,000 plus reviews

  • We, and one hundred guests, attended the wedding of our youngest son. The venue is spectacular and will leave everybody with lovely memories. It has great warmth and charm and is steeped in history. Just excellent.
    Clive, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Unless you are prepared to book onto one of the guided tours you will see very little. The free entry gets you into the central quadrangle and a further £1 will get you into the Divinity School but no further
    David, 2017 - 2 stars
  • Coming to visit Oxford was like a Harry Potter fan dream. If you want to see the Duke's lubrary then a guided tour is a must. Wish we were allowed to take photos inside the Library. Divinity hall was nice.
    Jessica, 2017 - 4 stars
  • What an amazing place when you see it all the films you had forgotten about come back to you as some scenes use this place to do their filming. Well worth a vist
    Lloyd, 2017 - 5 stars
  • We took a 30 minute tour of the library and felt that it was well worth it. A building full of incredible history!
    Trinjam, 2071 - 5 stars
  • The actual library is only accessible if you take the extended Bodleian Library tour. But for a few pounds you can get into the Divinity School which was the inspiration for the Harry Potter Infirmary! There are many different types of tours available, but sadly on the most expensive with set times is the one that actually gets you to the full library. 
    Martin, 2017 - 4 stars
  • I could have sat in the hall of divinity for hours staring at the ceiling. I loved that they limited the number of people in there so there was still a sense of peace about the place even though there people about. 
    Chrissie, 2017 - 5 stars
  • We paid to go round the Bodleian when we had friends over and the weather was so wet, but we were really glad we did! It takes you into the beating heart of the university - its historic library and reading rooms. You see the chained books in Duke Humphreys, as featured in Harry Potter (of course!), as well as the remarkable ceiling in the Divinity School, a court room where students were once put on trial and a room where parliament sat during the English Civil War. With scholars hard at work around you you have to tread quietly at times, but this is a great way to sense what Oxford is all about today and how the university first began.
    Martin, 2017 - 5 stars
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Guided Tours: Extended Tour 90 minutes£14.00 per ticket
Guided Tours: Mini Tour (30 minutes)£6.00 per ticket
Guided Tours: Standard Tour (60 minutes)£8.00 per ticket
Self-guided Visits: Audio Tour 40 minutes£2.50 per ticket
Self-guided Visits: Audio Tour 40 minutes (Family)£6.00 per ticket
Self-guided Visits: Divinity School 10 minutes£1.00 per ticket
Self-guided Visits:History Trail 40 minutes Family£3.50 per ticket

Group Rates
For more information on our group rates and group offer, please contact our Tours Coordinator.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - The Weston Library with our Exhibitions is completely accessible, the Old Library is on the first floor and unfortunately no lift is available.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Our tours are conducted by our guide having a microphone and visitors wearing earpieces. We have a range of ear pieces to suit visitors.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Information Guides in Braille available.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Yes – it is advisable to give us notice so we can accommodate you
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - We have no parking at the Bodleian Library, however there is disabled parking nearby on Broad Street.
  • Ramp/Level Access - Ground floor areas are accessible, however the Old Library has uneven surfaces.
  • Wheelchair user accessible - The Weston Library with our Exhibitions is completely accessible, the Old Library is on the first floor and unfortunately no lift is available.

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin are available
  • Event Venue
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - A range of visit options are available to suit the needs of customers, ranging from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - Group bookings are essential, individual visitors can purchase ticket on the day or in advance online
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - All group visits must be booked in advance via our Tours Coordinator
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Bodleian Libraries does not have any parking facilities. Parking in the city centre is limited and visitors arriving by car are advised to use the Park and Ride service. Fast and frequent services link 5 car parks adjacent to the Ring Road with the city centre.

Public Transport Directions

The Bodleian Library is located in the centre of Oxford. It is easily accessible by public transport: The train station is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the Library and has regular local and national services. The bus station is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the Library, with buses stopping throughout the city centre.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

High season (31 May 2019 - 1 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday09:00 - 17:00

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