World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.8 (199 votes)

Bodleian Library

Listed under Museums in Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • Photo of Bodleian Library
  • Photo of Bodleian Library
  • Photo of Bodleian Library
Photo of Bodleian Library
Photo by flickr user malias
Pin It

The Bodleian Library has a history dating back to 1602 and its roots date back even further. As well as being the main research library for Oxford University, it is a copyright deposit library; its collections are used by scholars around the world. The Bodleian is housed in buildings spread around Oxford, the most famous of which is the Divinity School, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Great treasures housed here include Shakespeare's First Folio and a complete copy of a Gutenberg bible.

Official Bodleian Library Website.

Written by  amoore.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

borrowing a book

Can the library issue a book for reading when the book is asked for through local libraries?

2 Replies

I think you can get them to photocopy books, or sections of books, for a fee, but I don't know that you can borrow any of the books unless you have an Oxford library card?

"You cannot borrow any material from the reading rooms in the Bodleian Library, including the Radcliffe Camera and the New Bodleian Library." Bodleian Library website

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Powerhouse Museum

    This museum is a tribute to human creativity in design and innovation in technology. From the oldest surviving steam engine in…

  • Louvre Museum

    The Louvre Museum, with its spectacular glass pyramid, is an icon of Paris and one of the world's most-visited cultural sites. …

  • Hermitage Museum

    The Gosudarstvennyj Èrmitaž or Hermitage Museum, that vast collection of Russian and human art and artefacts, has swollen to fi…

Nearby Experiences

  • The Great Hall of Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Dir: Chris Columbus, 2001). The Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford Univer…

  • Ashmolean Museum

    The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology was established in 1683, making in one of the oldest museums in the world. It was b…

  • Grave of Sir Winston Churchill

    30/11/1874 – 24/01/1965 British Prime Minister during the second World War and author of the famous words: "we shall fight i…

Related links

Contribute to this page