Patrons of the Bodleian

About the Patrons of the Bodleian

The Bodleian Patrons support the Library’s work to remain, in Thomas Bodley’s words, “the most absolute and sufficient for the furtheringe of students of all kyndes of knowledge of good literature that was ever yet in beinge, in any publique place of study”.

One of the world’s oldest libraries, the Bodleian has been fortunate to have a long-standing tradition of philanthropy that began with Sir Thomas Bodley’s bequest four hundred years ago. The continuous generosity of our supporters since has allowed us to expand, preserve, and make available the treasures in our collections.

Our Patrons community is a vital part of this centuries-old tradition of support. Funds support acquisitions, special projects and other aspects of the Libraries’ work. Members enjoy a range of exclusive talks as well as trips abroad, copies of our exhibition catalogues, private tours and a discount on hiring Divinity School for events. Join today and help to make available the world’s intellectual heritage for future generations.

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Please don’t forget to sign the Gift Aid declaration to increase your contribution by 25% at no extra cost to you.

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Friends of the Bodleian


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The Bodleian Patrons will launch with an inaugural event on 26 November 2019. Any members joining before February 2020 will be named on a hand-printed Honour Roll of Founding Members, specially created by the Bodleian’s Bibliographical Press, which will be preserved in the Libraries’ collections in perpetuity.

Ways to join:

  Join online

 Download a membership form and send with your payment to: Membership Officer, Bodleian Libraries Development Office, Clarendon Building, Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Call 01865 277234

 Join at the Weston Library Information Desk or in the Bodleian’s Shops


The antiquarians Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755) and Francis Douce (1757-1834) are among the most generous benefactors to the Libraries in the Bodleian’s history. The Rawlinson Patrons and the Douce Patrons continue their tradition of generous philanthropy and are proudly named in their honour.

Richard Rawlinson Patrons

£1,000 per annum

  • Invitation to the annual Patrons European trip 
  • Exclusive, intimate, behind the scenes events
  • Exhibition private views, curatorial talks and tours
  • Acknowledgement of your support in the Bodleian Library Friends’ Newsletter
  • A free subscription to the Bodleian Library Record, the Library’s scholarly journal
  • All the benefits of being an Honourable Member of the Friends of the Bodleian including special events, exclusive newsletters and member-only discounts
  • A free copy of Marks of Genius (special edition) when you join (rrp £200)

Francis Douce Patrons

£5,000 per annum
All the benefits of being a Richard Rawlinson Patron plus:

  • Invitation to the annual Patrons Dinner
  • A 10% discount when hiring the Divinity School for private events (up to 4 hours) 
  • One private tour of the Bodleian per year
  • Free Signed copy of every Bodleian Exhibition Catalogue
  • Free ticket to the annual Bodley Lecture
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