Bodleian Old Library

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Opening hours

Upper and Lower Reading Rooms

Monday–Friday: 9.30am–7pm
Saturday: 10am–4pm

Duke Humfrey's Library (year-round)

Monday–Friday: 9.30am–7pm

Public tours

Find out about tours of the Bodleian Library.

Current collection access

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.

Find us

Bodleian Old Library
Catte Street  
Oxford
OX1 3BG

reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
+44 (0)1865 277162

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