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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. Make Bodleian Library part of your personalized Oxford itinerary using our Oxford tour planner.
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  • Took a guided tour ( fabulous guide who made the experience very interesting - think it was Donella / Donata - apologies if that is incorrect) and how wonderful to know the history and ongoing story o...  more »
  • Really interesting tour with knowledgeable guide. In the hour we got the history of the library, a view of some some of the old rooms and upstairs to the extremely old library. Even if you don't like ...  more »
  • On this occasion we explored only the outside of this beautiful building. The courtyard is breathtaking and it is well worth taking the time to look around at all the stunning details.  more »
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  • Didn't get to go inside but it is really beatiful even from the outside. You need to pay tour to visit the grounds I believe. It's definitely not free.
  • I'm an actual student at Oxford, and believe me, it's most certainly not the best library. How many libraries do you know that are closed on Sundays? For a busy researcher, it's a ludicrous and detrimental situation to have to deal with every week. As far as online searches go, there are not nearly as many available journals as I was able to find at Leicester University. The Bodleian Library is a nice historical monument. It needs improving, not mere entitlement to praise because it's old.
  • Absolutely in love with it... Lots of books, different languages
  • Went to an outdoor performance of Shakespeare, wonderful evening entertainment despite the rain!
  • This has to be the quintessential University library. It feels like an honor just to be able to stand within this building knowing how much knowledge is contained therein and how influential it had been in the academic history of the world.