Plan your visit

Plan your visit

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The Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera and Weston Library are three of Oxford's most iconic libraries, located in the heart of the city.

Get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access on a guided library tour, or explore the historic city of Oxford on a walking tour with one of our expert guides.

Now on at the Weston Library is our fantastic free exhibition, Chaucer Here and Now, which presents Geoffrey Chaucer as you've never seen him before (until 28 April 2024). While you're at the Weston, don't miss our café and shop

Tickets and opening hours

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For many of our tours, you can buy tickets in advance online.

We also sell a portion of tour tickets on the day. Please visit the information desk in the Weston Library to purchase these.

Extended opening hours at the Weston Library

The Weston Library is the festival hub for this year's Oxford Literary Festival. From Saturday 16 March to 24 March, Blackwell Hall, the café and our exhibitions will be open:

Weekdays and Saturdays: 9am – 6pm
Sundays: 9am – 4pm

 

February

  • Saturday 24 February: The Divinity School will be closed all day. There will be guided tours of Duke Humfrey's Library only available to purchase onsite.

March

  • Saturday 2 March: The Divinity School will be closed all day and we will only have 'Library Only' guided tours.
  • Thursday 7 March: The Divinity School will be closed from 11am–3.30pm. 'Library Only' guided tours will be available during the closure.
  • Monday 11 March: There will be no 60-minute tour at 10.30am.
  • Thursday 14 March: Blackwell Hall will be closed until 1.30pm, including the Weston Library café and exhibitions. The Divinity School will be closed all day and we will only have 'Library Only' guided tours.
  • Friday 15 March: The Divinity School will be closed from 2.30pm.
  • Saturday 16 March: The Divinity School will be closed from 4pm.
  • Monday 18 March – Friday 22 March: The Divinity School will be closed. We will only have 'Library Only' guided tours.

 

We ask the public to follow these rules when visiting the Bodleian Libraries exhibition galleries in the Weston Library. We aim to provide a safe environment for our visitors and make sure that our collections are preserved for the future.

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries, including bottled water. The café is situated in Blackwell Hall for visitor refreshment.
  • Children are very welcome, but please make sure they are supervised at all times.
  • Pushchairs and buggies are welcome in the galleries. At very busy times we may need to limit the number of buggies in the gallery, and this will be at the discretion of the room attendant. Please note that very large double-buggies cannot be brought into the exhibition galleries, due to the narrow walkways between exhibits.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the galleries.
  • Large items such as rucksacks or wheeled cases may not be taken into the galleries, due to space limitations. This includes any item larger than aircraft carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks or cases should not be worn on the back or wheeled, but may be carried. Very small bags and day-packs may be carried on the owner’s back. These rules help avoid damage to works on the walls or to the display cases. The room attendant will use his or her judgement on which bags may be admitted, and how they should be carried, to avoid any risk of damage to the galleries, collections, or other members of the public. For guidance, bags larger than approx. 50 x 40 x 25 cm will be excluded from the galleries. We are unfortunately not able to provide any storage for large bags which have been excluded. You must not leave bags unattended in Blackwell Hall.
  • Please do not bring wet umbrellas into the galleries. You can leave coats or umbrellas on the coat rack outside the galleries (please note that this is at the owner’s risk).
  • You are very welcome to take photographs, as long as this is for your personal, non-commercial use only. We do not allow the use of video cameras, flash and tripods (including selfie sticks).
  • You may bring pencils into the galleries. Pens and markers are not allowed.

Your visit

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