Printing and book arts at the Bodleian Libraries

Book arts at the Bodleian Library

The Centre for the Study of the Book fosters the study of book arts through the Bodleian Bibliographical Press and through programmes for universities and the public.

A letterpress workshop in the Old Bodleian Library and a press in the public area of the Weston Library enable hands-on demonstrations and classes for universities, schools and the public. Since 1949, the Bodleian Library has maintained presses for the purpose of teaching practical printing. The workshop has an accessible entrance on the ground floor of the Old Bodleian Library, at the Schola Musicae door.

Information about any upcoming public courses and workshops is available on the Bodleian's Visit website.


The Bodleian's letterpress workshop is located in the Schola Musicae, in the Old Bodleian Library (view PDF map).

Visits for Higher Education and professional groups may be arranged through the Centre for the Study of the Book. Contact

Schools can arrange a session through the Bodleian Education Team. Contact

Resources for the study of material texts at the Bodleian Libraries

A number of blogs and guides offer signposts to items useful for teaching and demonstrating the history of books and book arts, with particular reference to items in Bodleian special collections and other Oxford collections.