Filming & photography

The Bodleian Libraries 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 8.30am 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 28 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 of 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.

Productions using the Bodleian

  • Endeavour (2012-2016): Several episodes of the drama starring Shaun Evans featured the Bodleian Library.
  • A Testament of Youth (2014): An adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir of the same title.
  • X-Men: First Class (2011):This film used one of our quadrangles as a location.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005): Duke Humfrey's Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the Divinity School as the infirmary. 
  • The Golden Compass (2007):The Bodleian was used in the first film of Philip Pullman's trilogy 'His Dark Materials', starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.
  • Lewis (2006-2015): Drama starring Kevin Whately.
  • Monarchy (2004-2006): A television documentary series with David Starkey.
  • 12 Books that Changed the World (2006): Featuring Melvyn Bragg.
  • The History Boys (2006): An Alan Bennett film starring Richard Griffiths and Francis de la Tour.
  • William and Mary (2003-2005): A TV comedy series starring Martin Clunes and Julie Graham.
  • Pocahontas: The New World (2005): Film starring Colin Farrell.
  • Inspector Morse (1987-2000): Several episodes of the drama starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately featured the Bodleian Library.

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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