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The Bodleian Library

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford’s unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society.

The combined collections of the Libraries group number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 80,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in many other formats.

Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include the principal University library—the Bodleian Library—which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University.

Every second someone interacts with our electronic collections.
Every 14 seconds someone visits one of our libraries.
Every 21 seconds someone borrows one of our books.

Bodleian Libraries news
The latest news from the Libraries.

History of the Bodleian
Learn about the Bodleian, first opened to scholars in 1602.

Policy & strategy
Policies and reports relating to the Bodleian Libraries and their collections.

Filming & photography
Filming the Bodleian Libraries or their collections.

Venue hire
Venue hire for weddings and events.

Bodleian Library Shop
Cards, jewellery, gifts and more based our unique collections.

Bodleian Library Publishing
General interest & scholarly books drawn from our collections.

Legal deposit
Read more about legal deposit and the unique role this practice has had in the development of the University's library collections.

Conservation & Collection Care
Learn about our work to preserve and maintain our collections.

Job opportunities
Current job vacancies, including graduate trainee opportunities.

Press & media enquiries
Information for the press.

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