All our guided tours are conducted by our professionally trained volunteer guides. We are able to take children aged 11 and over into the working areas of the Bodleian Library on these tours. We regret that the guided tours are not recommended for young children.
Old Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library is a historic listed building, and we regret there are no lifts available. Guided tours include a large number of stairs, and the extended tour especially includes some steep stairs and a substantial amount of walking. However, we can accommodate wheelchair access to general ground floor areas.
The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible. The Library can be accessed via a ramp on its Broad Street entrance. The public areas, including the exhibition rooms, Bodleian Café, and The Zvi Meitar Bodleian Shop, are all on the ground floor.
We strongly advise you to contact us in advance of your planned visit as public tours are occasionally cancelled at very short notice. For up to date information contact the Venue Services Team on: Tel: +44 (0)1865 287400
The following options are recommended for visitors with a mobility impairment. These options involve no stairs and easy access via ramps.
- Divinity School visit (No guide. Duration: self timed)
- Audio tours (Self guided. Duration forty minutes)
- Weston Library visit (No guide. Duration: self timed).
The following options involve a large number of stairs.
- Standard tours (Led by a guide. Duration one hour)
- Mini tours (Led by a guide. Duration thirty minutes)
- Extended tours (Led by a guide. Duration ninety minutes)
We suggest that you inform a member of our staff about your disability before purchasing a ticket for a visit. It will allow us to prepare better for your visit.
Access to the Old Bodleian Library
There are five (5) on-street disabled parking spaces near the Bodleian Library: one (1) in front of Exeter College; two (2) outside Blackwell's Bookshop on Broad Street and two (2) on Parks Road, near the King's Arms pub.
Please refer to the Oxford Information Centre (01865 726871 or http://www.visitoxford.org/) for more information on disabled parking spaces and procedures.
The Weston Library has an accessible toilet on the ground floor in Blackwell Hall.
We regret there is no hearing loop available during the guided tours. Please bear in mind that the Bodleian Library is a working library and in some reading rooms our guides need to speak quietly in order to not to disturb readers. We strongly recommend making contact with a member of our staff prior to the tour to find out more details.
We regret there are currently no concessions are available in the Bodleian Library.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.
The large print versions of Information sheet are available from the ticket office.
We are now using audio technology on some of our tours. Visitors on these tours will be issued with a small earpiece which transmits your guide's commentary. The purpose is to enable your guide to speak softly, thus reducing sound levels when tours visit the reading rooms where students and academics study. Visitors with hearing aids may request a special loop which connects wirelessly to the guide's microphone.
We hope you find this simple technology enhances your experience. If you do not wish to use the loop or the earpiece, please let your tour guide know.
Tours using the equipment will be:
- Monday-Saturday inclusive: standard tour at 11:30 and 14:00
- Extended tours on Wednesday and Saturday
As time goes on we will be introducing the equipment on more of our tours. We will be interested to hear your feedback after you have used the equipment - please ask your tour guide for a comments form if you wish to give us your views.