Bodleian Old Library

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The Upper Radcliffe Camera Reading Room will be closed to readers Saturday 11 – Thursday 23 December (inclusive) for a filming project during the Christmas vacation. The Lower Radcliffe Camera Reading Room will remain open as normal, with a fetching service provided from the Upper Camera. The filming during this time will also take place in Radcliffe Square, along Catte Street and on a couple of days in the Old Schools Quadrangle, so the area will be more crowded than it ordinarily would be at this time of year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this temporary change.

Opening hours

Upper and Lower Reading Rooms

Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Duke Humfrey's Library

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Christmas opening hours

The Bodleian Old Library will be closed 24 December – 3 January (inclusive).

Public tours

Find out about tours of the Bodleian Library.

About the library

The Bodleian Old Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Part of the larger Bodleian Library complex, it is connected to the Radcliffe Camera by the underground Gladstone Link. It has three historic reading rooms: the Lower Reading Room, the Upper Reading Room and Duke Humfrey’s Library.

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Bodleian Old Library
Catte Street  
+44 (0)1865 277162

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