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The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined library collections number more than 13 million printed items, in addition to 80,000 e-journals, and vast quantities of materials in other formats.

These great intellectual and historical riches are not only reserved for the students and academics of the University. The Libraries' doors are open to thousands of visiting researchers every year, and its website enables instant access to many of its collections for anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time. A busy, expanding programme of acclaimed exhibitions and cultural events ensures the Bodleian’s rich treasures are as accessible as possible to members of the public.

You can support the Bodleian by giving in a variety of ways or by supporting individual Library projects. Find out more at the University of Oxford Development Office.

Ways to give

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Give online

The easiest way to give is through a gift made online, supporting a specific Bodleian Libraries project or the Bodleian’s greatest need.

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Give by post

Provide your support in a gift sent by post. We welcome donations by post using one of our giving forms.

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Leave a legacy

By leaving a legacy in your will, you can support the work of the Bodleian Libraries for future generations. In gratitude for your gift, we will invite you to become a member of Bodley’s Circle for exclusive access to special events and other benefits.

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Projects to support

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