The Bodleian is opening its doors

9 September 2009

Bodleian093_smallThe Bodleian Library will be participating in the Oxford Open Doors event on Saturday 12 September 2009.

The festival will be launched at 10am with the official unveiling of nine new gargoyles designed by local children for the Bodleian Library. The ceremony will take place in the Divinity School and is by invitation only.

The Bodleian Library is offering visitors wide-ranging activities such as free admission to the Divinity School and Convocation House from 11.30 until 16.30 on Saturday, 12 September. Due to overwhelming demand, there will also be additional free guided tours. 

The Exhibition Room and the Gift Shop will also be open. More details about the current exhibition can be found here.

An initiative of Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford Open Doors is a chance for residents to discover and enjoy some of the city’s most interesting buildings and spaces, little known corners and unusual places. The festival takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, but the Bodleian Library is taking part on the Saturday only.  The Bodleian will be open on Sunday as usual.

Tour details

Additional tours on the day: 12.00, 14.30, 15.30 and 16.00.

There are 13 places available on each slot. Places will be allocated on first come first served basis and we cannot take advanced reservations. Free tickets can be obtained from 9.00am onwards from the wooden lodge at the main entrance to the Old Bodleian Library.

NOTE: The tours WILL NOT INCLUDE THE CONVEYOR TUNNEL as advertised in the ‘Open Doors’ brochure. We have decided to give more people the chance to visit the Bodleian by offering a greater number of shorter tours instead.

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