New Library Spaces

Following the Library's major refurbishment work, there are some new areas within the library for readers to use.

Bookable Discussion Rooms & Seminar Room

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The Bodleian Law Library has three Discussion Rooms and a Seminar Room available for academics or students to book.


These rooms are available for Bodleian Library and University of Oxford-related purposes

No food or drink is permitted in any of these rooms, except for water in bottles with a sports-cap or screw-top, or drinks in Bodleian Keepcups.

Rooms may usually be booked for a maximum of two-hours at a time, up to one week in advance.

Room bookings are not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from the Bodleian Law Library staff.

Please go to our booking site for more details and to check availability

Location and Brief Description

The Discussion Rooms are on the ground floor. Discussion Rooms One and Two are situated opposite the Small Computer Room, Discussion Room Three is next to the IT Training Room. The Seminar Room is located on the 1st floor. There is a relatively strong wifi signal in all of the rooms.

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Discussion Rooms One & Three

These rooms are suitable for 3-4 people. Room One has audio-visual equipment (basic instructions are provided and equipment can be borrowed from the main enquiry desk), both rooms have a whiteboard and network points.

Discussion Room Two

This room is suitable for up to 6 people. It has audio-visual equipment (basic instructions are provided and equipment can be borrowed from the main enquiry desk), a whiteboard and network points.

Seminar room

This is on the 1st floor and can seat up to 15. It has a pull down screen but you will need to ask for a projector (there is no projector housed in the room). It also has a whiteboard and network points.

Other rooms


IT Training Room

The IT Training Room is now located on the ground floor, it is in the far corner or straight along the corridor as you go down the main stairs or you can check on the new layout plans. It has 24 work stations and the computers can be used whenever the room is not being used for classes. If you have any IT related questions see the IT and Computing page or contact Any other enquiries please contact

Small Computer Room

There is a smaller computer room available to use. This is also located on the ground floor and can be seen on the new layout plans. The room has 7 PCs and is available to use most of the year. There are occasional classes held in this room but please ask staff if you have any doubts.


Graduate Reading Room

The Graduate Reading room has moved from the 1st floor to the ground floor and can be located next to the Small Computer room. It is available for any postgraduate student and has desks and network ports to plug in laptops plus a relatively strong wifi signal. The room also has soft seating and a whiteboard.

Photocopying Room

The photocopying room is still located off the main reading room to the left of the entrance. This now had 3 machines that can photocopy, scan and print. More information can be found on our Photocoping, Scanning and Printing page.

Seating spaces


The Just In Corner

There is a new journal display with soft seating available for those who would like a more relaxed reading area. This is located in the main reading room to the left of the entrance. On weekdays during Full Term, there will be the day's issue of The Times and The Guardian available to read. (During Vacation there will only be The Times Monday to Friday.) Here also is the Oxford Authors' display - see what books present and past law faculty members have had published recently, either as authors or editors.

Nearby is a new long desk with a couple of Quick Search terminals to search the catalogue, one Bodleian Library Computer, and the Reader Printer for printing from microfilm or fiche. 


Level One Seating

If you do not want to sit in the main reading room there are desks available on level one.

Ground Floor Seating

There are also desks on the Ground Floor. Most are along the corridor leading to the IT Training Room. There is a height-adjustable desk outside Discussion Room 1. More seating been added to the Official Papers section too.

"Walk in" Carrel on Level 3

Technically not a new space - but a new initiative is being tried out from Trinity Term 2018. Carrel XIII is open door to any reader who would like to sit there. It can accommodate a maximum of 3 readers. It is not a discussion space, but to be used for silent working.

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