Café and shops


Bodleian Café

Our café in the Weston Library serves a delicious selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as freshly-made soups, salads, sandwiches, hot dishes, cakes and pastries.

It's close to our exhibition galleries and a short distance from the Old Library’s historic buildings and quadrangle.

Grab a takeaway or stay and enjoy the beautiful atrium of Blackwell Hall or the views from our colonnade overlooking Broad Street.

We offer a 10% student discount when you show your valid student ID. 

Friends of the Bodleian enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases at the Bodleian Café. Find out more about joining the Friends.

Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 9am–4.45pm
Saturday: 10am–4.30pm
Sunday: 11am–3.30pm

Last orders are 15 minutes before closing.

Please note: the café is a laptop-free zone from 11.30am to 4.30pm.


We have two gift shops: the Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries shop at the Weston Library, and the shop in the Old School Quadrangle at the Bodleian Old Library.

We are an official stockist of University of Oxford merchandise, including clothing and backpacks.

Friends of the Bodleian enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases at our shops, both in-person and online. Find out more about joining the Friends.

Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries Shop

You can access the Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries Shop from Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library, or via the entrance on Broad Street.

Browse exclusive gifts based on the Bodleian Libraries' collections, as well as sumptuous textiles, desk accessories and bespoke furnishings. For book-lovers, we have a handpicked range that includes catalogues for our exhibitions and beautifully illustrated titles produced by our award-winning publishers, Bodleian Library Publishing.

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday: 11am–4pm

Shop in Old School Quad

You can enter our gift shop at the Bodleian Old Library from the Old School Quadrangle – the courtyard is accessible via Catte Street, using the Great Gate.

Browse our original design-led homewares and gifts, inspired by the world-famous collections of the Bodleian Libraries.

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday: 11am–4pm

Shop online

What we’re doing to improve our sustainability


  • Removing plastic packaging and finishes from our own-brand products
  • Using recyclable and FSC approved card stocks for own brand products, including all of our wholesale lines
  • Recycling library waste material as packaging for our online store
  • Using electric vans for local deliveries in Oxford
  • Reviewing our suppliers to make sure they are ethical and sustainable


  • Encouraging you to use reusable cups by offering a 50p discount on drinks to customers who do
  • Measuring and recording our food waste through our award-winning programme, Food Waste Costing the Earth. We have an overall goal for food waste to be less than 3% of our purchases by the end of 2025
  • Promoting sustainable food by displaying carbon counts on our bakery items and offering vegan and vegetarian food. We want to reduce animal protein in our range by 30% by 2030