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Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Meander through the 400-year-old stacks of Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. As one of the oldest libraries in Europe, the five-building cluster boasts original architecture and represents the university’s fascinating history. Visit the university’s oldest teaching room or admire the ornate decor of the main study halls. Take a guided tour for a complete interior and exterior viewing and to learn more about the university’s history. Plan to eat before or after your visit, as food and drinks are not served at the library. Plan to visit Bodleian Library and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Oxford attractions using our Oxford trip itinerary app.
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  • We visited as part of our walking tour around Oxford and our guide provided immense insight into the library over the years. It is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and currently contains over 13....  more »
  • We especially loved visiting the 15th Century Divinity School with its wonderfully detailed Gothic ceiling.  more »
  • Amazing building. I have heard and read about it but seeing it was even better. Expect lots of tourists about. I will definitely go there again.  more »
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  • This library is absolutely amazing and contains almost every book ever published do you will never be disappointed in the amount of choice. Another thing is that is is a national treasure and has so much history behind it, anyone wanting to know about the history of Oxford should definitely visit.
  • We went for a tour of the Bodlian Library and as two history buffs and book obsessives, this was WONDERFUL! Seeing all those old books brought tears to my eyes I absolutely loved it! I wish I could have held them and opened them, but I understand why it was forbidden. Truly magical experience and our tour guide was great!
  • The Library card application personnel is great, but the two young ladies working at Bodleian library on June 25th afternoon 2019 were the rudest people that I've ever met, having experienced many libraries in the world. They do not deserve to work in a world class library and their presence is a bad sign that the great culture created and maintained on this campus had its future well behind it.
  • The main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library. Known to Oxford scholars as "Bodley" or "the Bod", it operates principally as a reference library.
  • Amazing historical place, it would be nice to go inside but we don’t have enough time to do that

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