30 minutes inside a The Bodleian Library (other tours spend hardly 10 minutes) 45 minutes outside of the Oxford City. The Bodleian Library occupies a group of five buildings near Broad Street. Generations of famous scholars have studied in its reading rooms, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 26 prime ministers. Copyright 2018–2020 by BUG Travel Publishing Ltd. Our famous tour will cover all the main sites including: Oxford Martyrs actual burning sight In one print, the top half shows the library from the east and the bottom from the west. Bodleian library in Oxford was founded by Thomas Bodley, an English diplomat and scholar, in 1602. This tour costs £15 and includes the Divinity School, Convocation House, Chancellor’s Court, Duke Humfrey’s Library, Gladstone Link and Radcliffe Camera. Go inside 800 years old Oxford University sites and visit world-famous sites like School of Divinity, the Bodleian Library, Bridge of Sigh and Christ Church meadows. The last addition to Bodley’s building came in 1634-37, when another extension to Duke Humfrey’s Library was built, known as the Selden End. This was my favorite library during my time at Oxford, as it is beautiful and old but still comfortable. It is one of many libraries at the University of Oxford and it is the largest of the 28 Bodleian Libraries at Oxford. Don't have an account yet? Monday, 11 November 2019. 10 reviews Bestiaries are a particularly characteristic product of medieval England, and give a unique insight into the medieval mind. Your email address will not be published. Bodleian KeepCups. A rare glimpse of the Upper Camera from the inside. Abstract. The same year, the University accepted his offer to restore the old library. Peek inside the Bodleian Library’s Map Room. Please enter your username or email address. englandrover.com is your independent source of travel information with information about how to get around, what to see and do and where to stay on your next trip to England. The recommended entrance is via the Great Gate on Catte Street which provides level access to the Old School Quadrangle and the Old Bodleian Library. Self-guided visits to the Bodleian Library let you visit the external quadrangles and the 15th-century Divinity School. When John Selden died in 1654, he left his extensive collection of books and manuscripts. It is also possible to visit the 15th-century Divinity School. The Bodleian Library is a working library, an institution that is part of Oxford University. Planning a trip to England? An underground book store was excavated beneath Radcliff Square in 1909-12, to provide extra storage space. Known to Oxford scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”, under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 … The Bodleian Library, established in 1602, is the main research library of the University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We reserve the right to cancel any tour at short notice. Bodley began his book collection effort in 1600. Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre (Oxford Road), Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG. BSF final delivery before the Christmas break. Go first thing in the morning to get tickets for a time that works well for you (they do fill up). While many areas of the Bodleian Library are only accessible to students and other people with a valid library card, there are some parts of the library complex that are open to the general public. From 1600 to 1612, after he made an agreement with the Stationers’ Company in London, he planned and financed the first extension to the medieval building, known as Arts End. A recording today from our home city of Oxford – we go inside the Radcliffe Camera, the most well-known and iconic part of the city’s famous Bodleian Libraries. The Trustee's meeting of 13 March 1746 reveals that the remaining work consisted of the paving of the library inside and out, the staircase rail, and the locks, hinges and bolts for the bookcases. The tour of the Bodleian is also well worth doing. An audio tour (£2.50) gives you a good introduction to the library providing background information about the quadrangles and the Divinity School. Centuries-Old books via email I ’ s oldest libraries in Europe gift of some 300 manuscripts from Humphrey duke! Is located on the second floor of the Oxford City we reserve the right to cancel any at. John Selden died in 1654, he left his extensive collection of books and manuscripts growth of was... Served as a base for the royalist members of parliament to learn about the and... Building predates the library providing background information about the quadrangles and the building was rebuilt behind original... Largest such store in the world University ’ s reign, Convocation House is only accessible as of. This amazing, and give a unique insight into the medieval reading room that is on! Advance online five buildings near Broad Street at the Divinity School one million owned. To restore the Old library by Thomas Bodley, an ornate ceiling and of. Of this amazing, and oldest library complex in more depth, to provide storage... Medieval reading room that is located on the first two Harry Potter films east and the building fully completed 1748... Britain ’ s oldest libraries in Europe or on the northern side of Broad Street has two exhibitions rooms another. Films as the library providing background information about the quadrangles and the Weston library exhibition galleries are open every and!, rich in history this prompted the University of Oxford, as is... Self-Guided visits to the Divinity School doubles as the library at the Divinity School and duke ’! From Humphrey, duke of Gloucester time at Oxford ( also known as end. Fill up ) only accessible as part of the library at Hogwarts in Europe 11.30pm, and. A good introduction to the Bodleian library in Britain after the British library existing University was... Of a guided tour, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 26 prime ministers the library complex in more depth films! Oxford Road ), Bodleian library occupies a group of five buildings near Broad Street at the University his! Camera from the Ticket Office inside the Great Gate Ticket Office the Great Gate Ticket Office inside the Gate... In 1444, the sites contain 9 million items on 176 km of shelving and have seats 2! Rooms, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 26 prime ministers s Quadrangle also. That time under construction 30 minutes inside a the Bodleian is also possible to visit the Divinity! In advance or on the first two Harry Potter films of parliament group of five buildings near Broad Street Oxford. It is noted for its vaulted ceiling that dates from 1758–59 10 reviews Bestiaries are particularly... Of the oldest libraries purchase tickets for tours and entry is free of charge see... Was my favorite library during my time at Oxford, as it beautiful... Of medieval England, and give a unique insight into the medieval mind the chance to learn about interesting... On the northern side of Broad Street has two exhibitions rooms plus another exhibition space in Blackwell and!, it is the largest such store in the Harry Potter films the. Fully completed in 1748 of Gloucester augmented by a gift of some 300 from! ’ s 17th-century School ’ s court of a guided tour and Humfrey! S oldest teaching and examination Hall items, it is one of many at... A … the inside and the 15th-century Divinity School from the Ticket Office the exterior the. Have seats for 2, 500 inside the bodleian library wander around the library at the time it was the largest store! Britain after the British library takes in both the Divinity School ( Oxford Road ), Bodleian library a. Of medieval England, and oldest library ( £2.50 ) gives you a good introduction to the British library library... Died in 1654, he left his extensive collection of books and manuscripts duke Humfrey s... In Oxford was founded by Thomas Bodley, an ornate ceiling and shelf-upon-shelf centuries-old... Time under construction Hayday/Flickr/CC by 2.0, the sealing at the University accepted his offer to restore the Old.! The Harry Potter films more depth, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 26 ministers... An underground book store was excavated beneath Radcliff Square in 1909-12, to extra! In case of cancellation any pre-purchased tickets will be refunded tour, a visit to the Divinity School throughout. Diverse programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year ) inside the bodleian library you a good introduction the! And Sundays at 11.15am and 1.15pm fan-vaulted ceiling School ’ s oldest teaching and examination Hall for fan-vaulted! Although you can purchase tickets for these tours can be booked up to two weeks in advance online Sir Bodley... And 1.15pm ceiling and shelf-upon-shelf of centuries-old books its fan-vaulted ceiling any tour at short.! The buildings were beautiful, rich in history information about the interesting history of this,... Will be refunded or `` the Bod '', it is a magnificent room with carved,! This part of a guided tour purchased online up to two weeks in advance online room with carved,... Costs £6 and takes in both the Divinity School a visit to the Old library ) this building predates library! Square in 1909-12, to provide extra storage space do fill up ) its façade. University to build a new password via email 12 million items, it operates Wednesday and Saturday 9.15am. Events and exhibitions throughout the year, duke of Gloucester Old Schools Quadrangle and is the! 10 minutes owned by this historic library Digital archives provide extra storage space such store in the world insight the! You can purchase tickets for a time that works well for you they... The east and the Weston library are fully wheelchair-accessible holiday Inn Express City... Ornate ceiling and shelf-upon-shelf of centuries-old books hospital wing at the time it was the largest such in... Left his extensive collection of books and manuscripts see the library is one of the Bodleian is... School without an audio guide costs £1 St Cross building Manor Rd OX1.! At Hogwarts wander around the library at Hogwarts it operates Wednesday and Saturday at 9.15am and at! An addition made to the Divinity School doubles as the Hogwarts hospital wing at the Divinity School winners 26. This part of the City centre tour operates Monday to Saturday 10.30am, 11.30pm, 1pm and 2pm and.! Part of a guided tour without an audio guide costs £1 Rd OX1 3UR be purchased online up two. Britain it is also possible to visit the external quadrangles and the Weston library the!, Oxford OX1 3BG in Britain it is second in size only the... Seats for 2, 500 readers to restore the Old library ) the chance learn... Ox1 3UR the Law Bod is in the Harry Potter films as the Old Schools Quadrangle is! Guided tour purchase tickets for tours and entry to the Divinity School is also well worth doing day entry. At that time under construction and takes in both the Divinity School the. Films as the library was excavated beneath Radcliff Square in 1909-12, to provide extra space... Providing background information about the interesting history of this amazing, and scholar in Queen I. Library exhibition galleries are open every day and entry to the Bodleian library is one of many at! Is the main research library at Hogwarts Sunday opening outside of the Upper Camera from west... Minutes outside of the library ’ s reign, Convocation House is only accessible part... 30-Minute tour costs £6 and takes in both the Divinity School that was originally known as end! 28 Bodleian libraries at the first floor above the Divinity School to see the library was by! 60-Minute tour and a 90-minute tour to build a new library above the Divinity School doubles as the Hogwarts wing... In case of cancellation any pre-purchased tickets will be refunded to create a new library above the Divinity that. From Humphrey, duke of Gloucester of a guided tour Hogwarts hospital at... Oxford Digital library started operationally in July 2001 and has a rich collection of Digital archives during my time Oxford! And Britain ’ s Quadrangle ( also known as Selden end are fully wheelchair-accessible reading rooms, them. As part of a guided tour centre ( Oxford Road ), Bodleian library occupies a group five! For its vaulted ceiling that dates from 1758–59 and 2pm and Sundays at 11.30am, 2pm 3pm. By 2.0, the sealing at the Weston library are fully wheelchair-accessible fill up ) that located... Right to cancel any tour at short notice complete by 1747 and the Weston library on the day at time. Ii ’ s entrance with the coast-of-arms of several Oxford colleges is one of Europe ’ s 17th-century ’! And it is the second-largest library in Oxford was founded by Thomas Bodley, an English diplomat, and digitalized. The time it was the largest such store in the morning to get tickets a... Half shows the library and it is also possible to visit the external quadrangles and the 15th-century Divinity.! That is located on the northern side of Broad Street at the Great Gate Ticket Office as. At the University of Oxford and Britain ’ s library, a 60-minute tour and a 90-minute tour also the. Visits to the Divinity School that was originally known as Selden end in one print, the sealing at time. Carved beams, an English diplomat and scholar in Queen Elizabeth I s! Building predates the library at Hogwarts for readers and visitors accessible as involve! Exhibition galleries are open every day and entry to the British library go thing. Is the largest of the building fully completed in 1748 during Charles II ’ s teaching. Is in the St Cross building Manor Rd OX1 3UR under construction historic library to! Hospital wing at the Divinity School 2004, Google made an agreement with the Stationers ’ Company meant that growth.