Filming & photography

We welcome film and photographic crews of all sizes, and offer a variety of unique historic locations, ranging from medieval and later interiors, to breathtaking rooftop views of Oxford. We can provide access to the collections behind the scenes, and our specialists are sometimes available to share their expertise in the form of an interview or consultancy services. Film crews are usually permitted to film before 9am and after the Library closes in the evening. For some locations we may be able to offer a day-time slot. Please give us as much notice as possible (at least ten working days).

We welcome applications for productions of feature films, television documentaries, videos and commercials. The Bodleian has been used as a location for many films and we are experienced in working with both small and large scale filming projects (please see our list of recent productions).

Please note that the Bodleian is a working library, and there are operational constraints relating to the hire of our locations. We restrict the level of filming in Duke Humfrey's Library, and filming in any of the reading rooms may only take place outside Library opening hours. Please contact us for further information.

Photo shoots

The Library and its quadrangles are available for hire for photo shoots, subject to the constraints mentioned above.

Bookings and Information

For bookings and further information contact the Venue Services Team between 9:00 and 17:00, Monday-Friday:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 277216
Fax: +44 (0)1865 277218

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