Duke Humfrey's Library

Duke Humfrey's Library

As the Weston Library is now open to readers, Special Collections operations have relocated to the newly opened reading rooms in the Weston. Duke Humfrey's Library is now overseen by the Bodleian Library Reader Services Department. The quiet study space in this reading room augments the seating currently available elsewhere in the Old Bodleian Library. Reader seating is available in the bays off the main body of Duke Humfrey’s Library and also in Selden End.

Duke Humfrey's Library will operate as a reading room supporting higher-level studies in the Humanities. Historic open-shelf material will remain in situ in Arts End and in the bays. This material can be requested through SOLO and will be provided for consultation in the Weston Library as required.

Duke Humfrey's Library has the following opening hours:

Monday - Friday: 09.00-19.00
Saturday: 10.00-16.00

These hours are the same in term and vacation, though may be affected by closed periods and Bank Holidays. Duke Humfrey's Library is not open on Sundays.

More information about the collections that will move into the Seldon End will follow.

If you have any queries about the operations of Duke Humfrey's Library, please contact the Reader Services Enquiries team:

T: 01865 277162
E: reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Information on the services and facilities offered for readers with disabilities can be found on the accessibility information page.

Special Collections Operations

Special Collections material will remain in its historic locations in Arts End and in the bays of Duke Humfrey's Library itself. As before, this material can be requested through SOLO and will now be consulted in the Weston Library. If you have any enquiries about this material, please direct them to Special Collections Staff in the Weston Library.

T: 01865 277150
E: specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Collections that used to be accessed in Duke Humfrey's Library can now be read as follows: 

  • Oriental manuscripts and Oriental rare books can be read in the Charles Wendell David Reading Room
  • Manuscripts and archives, rare books, printed ephemera can be read in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room
  • Maps can be read in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room
  • Music can be read in the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room


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