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Winter Tours Offer at the Bodleian Library

Whether you’ve come to Oxford from overseas or live locally, everyone must see the Bodleian Library
Generations of famous scholars have studied here through the ages, among them writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

One of the great libraries of the world, the Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford and is located on the edge of Radcliffe Square. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library erected by the University in the fifteenth century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester.


 

As the 2nd largest library in the UK, the combined collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 80,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in many other formats.

Generations of famous scholars have studied here through the ages, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 26 prime ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

The Library is located in a remarkable group of buildings which forms the historic heart of the University. Guided tours offer the chance to see inside Divinity School, the first teaching room and earliest examination hall; Convocation House, the meeting room for the supreme legislative body and Chancellor’s Court, formerly the court room; and the famous Duke Humfrey’s Library, the oldest reading room in the building.

Daily guided tours are offered all year round, as well as self-led audio tours and admissions to Divinity School.

Visitors taking a guided tour between 3 November 2014 and 27 February 2015 will benefit from reduced prices at certain times. For more information, see bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/visit.

 

Top Image - Duke Humfrey's Library

Below - Divinity School (Image Credit Ian Jackson © Bodleian Libraries)