Bodleian LibraryCurrently Open [Closes at 03:30 pm]
- Address: Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:30 am - 03:30 pm Details
- Phone: +44018-65277162
- Ticket Price: 7 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Library, Educational Site
The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest and largest libraries in Europe. Its origin dates back to 1602 and at present it contains well over 11 million items in its archives. It is also one of only 6 places in the United Kingdom where each and every copyrighted book MUST be submitted. Today, Bodleian, or ‘Bodley’ as the students call it, happens to be the main research library at Oxford.
Over the years, the University of Oxford has brought together many different libraries that are collectively known as ‘The Bodleian Libraries’. THE Bodleian library, however, refers to a group of 5 buildings located adjacent to one another.
Your entrance into this grand library is made grander still as you, as a non-student, are required to orally recite a formal declaration through which you pledge to not remove or vandalize any item from the library vaults.
- The Bodleian contains extremely valuable manuscripts – the Magna Carta, A Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio to name a few.
- Your first time at Bodleian but the place seems way too familiar? The library has inspired many writers and has been used as a background for many movies. You may recognize certain sections of the library from ‘The Golden Compass’, ‘The New World’, ‘The Madness of King George III’ and of course, the Harry Potter series.
- From time to time, the library organises guided tours, exhibitions on personal histories, period based records, the art of printing, and a number of conferences.
- The Radcliffe Camera is an awe-inspiring architectural wonder. With the growth of the archives came the need for more space. In mid-nineteenth century, the library acquired the neighbouring ‘Radcliffe Camera’. This beautiful structure now houses the library’s scientific collection.
Explore the tranquil, historically significant Bodleian Library with the help of Bodleian Library tickets that will take you through what is considered as one of the oldest libraries in the world. Standard tickets for Bodleian Library can be bought in-direct but we encourage you to buy tickets for Bodleian Library from our listing as you will be provided with an extensive experience of the whole of Oxford which is covered under Bodleian Library ticket prices.
Bodleian Library Travel Tips
- Visitors interested in using the library for academic purposes need a ‘reader’s card’ to gain access to the library archives. Also, the opening hours at the Bodleian vary to a large extent for each section and for each academic term at the University.
- The guided tours are cancelled or re-routed when the University is hosting a function on the premises. Call in advance to confirm.
Entrance Ticket Details For Bodleian Library
- The ticket price is the price for a standard tour of the Bodleian Library.
- No concessions are available on the ticket price.
- Children under 11 are not allowed into the working areas of the library.
- Children aged 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bodleian Library Hours
- The timings refer to the timing of the first and last guided tours of the library.
- The tours take place at specific times only and need to be booked in advance.
- Each tour lasts for about 1 hour.
How to Reach Bodleian Library
- By Bus: Turl Street (Stop L1) – 12C, 101, 103, 104, 108, 118, 270, 275, 280, N1, N3, N8, N10, NU1, T1. Queens Lane (Stop K1) – 1, 5, 10, N1, N10.
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86.91% of people who visit Oxford include Bodleian Library in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
69.88% of people start their Bodleian Library visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Bodleian Library
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Bodleian Library Reviews & Ratings
The library tours are definitely worth it: you get the chance to sit in the old Divinity School, see the University court and the incredible reading rooms. Go early and book your tour - they are very popular and difficult to get on at busy times.
Would love to leave a review of the actual library but the is aimed at the information provided. Made the two and a half hour trip to Oxford primarily to visit the Bodleian Library only to find that despite the web saying it opened at 12 midday it in fact wasn't open at all. NOT HAPPY!
The library is surrounded by old beautiful building, with magnificent architectures. I really enjoyed every bit of the tour in the library.
You can only see the Divinity School/hall by paying a fee; you can either join a small tour for a small fee, OR, if the Divinity School is all you'd like to see (or have time for), then you can enter by paying £1. While there is not much happening inside, the place is magical. It helps that the room served as the backdrop for quite a few scenes in Harry Potter (which fans will be well aware of) but the ceiling is as incredible as the pictures make it out to be. Along the edge of the room, there are actually signs which tell visitors which scenes feature the room in the Harry Potter films. There is no room quite like the Divinity School in the world!!
This is an astonishing place with long and complex history. I highly recommend the 30 minutes guided tour (6 pounds/person). Our guide, Niomi, was an excellent story teller, and her vivid explanation really took us back in time.