Adults and young people

The Bodleian Libraries offers an exciting range of opportunities for adult learners to discover and engage with its historic collections. These can be short one-hour events or longer workshops and sessions drawing upon the vast expertise of curators and staff at the libraries, University of Oxford academics and a range of scholars and guests. 

Past visitors have explored early printing through hands-on use of the Bodleian’s printing press, enjoyed talks on everything from English medieval library catalogues to astronomy in the 21st century, and discovered the history of the University through tours.

Our vast range of learning opportunities are always changing and based on the Bodleian’s incredible collections of over 13 million items. 


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Courses and activities

See the schedule of creative hands-on activities open to all. Places are very limited so keep an eye out for our upcoming courses.

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Talk during an exhibition, Bodleian Libraries


Discover the stories and the science behind Bodleian exhibitions and changing displays, new acquisitions and library treasures at our programme of talks.

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Library Lates

Visit the Weston Library for an informal, after-hours glimpse of the Bodleian’s collections. Chat with experts sharing their current research, enjoy hands-on creative activities, and tour our changing exhibitions.

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Tours of the Old Bodleian Library

Step inside the historic rooms of the Old Bodleian Library, including the 15th-century Divinity School, medieval Duke Humfrey's Library, and the iconic Radcliffe Camera.
Please note: Tours must be booked separately from school sessions.

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