Opening Hours

The Library's current opening hours are:

  • Sundays: Closed
  • Mondays to Fridays 10:00-16:00 in 2 study sessions:
    • 10:00-12:30 (readers permitted to stay until 13:00)
    • 13:00-16:00
  • Saturdays: Closed

To book a desk space, including desks with PCs and height-adjustable desks, please visit our bookings page, select the category of workspace you would like to use and make a booking for the date(s) you wish to visit the library.

You can book workspaces a maximum of three days advance.

Note that days are divided in to morning and afternoon study sessions. If you have booked only the morning session, you will be invited to leave the library before the beginning of the afternoon session. You can come and go from the library throughout the study session you have booked.

After submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information on the new arrangements in place in our libraries. Please read this carefully.

For more information on the re-opening of Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms, please visit:

Our Click and Collect and Book Returns services continue to operate from the library foyer 12-4 pm Monday-Friday, and our ‘Scan and Deliver’ service continues to provide additional remote access to our resources. 

Vacation Opening Hours

Easter Vacation

Monday 15 March – Thursday 1 April

  • Monday - Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm (from 20 March)
  • Sunday: 11am-7pm (starting 21 March)

The Library will be closed Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April inclusive.

Tuesday 6 April - Saturday 19 April

  • Monday - Friday: 9.30am-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 11am-7pm

Summer Vacation

To be confirmed

Library Closing Time

A bell is rung 20 minutes before library closing to alert readers that the study session will soon end. Please return Closed Stack books to the desk and check out books for loan in good time before the library closes to avoid queues building up at closing time. 

Planned Closures 2020-21 (dates inclusive)

Easter 2021

From Friday 2 April 2021 to Monday 5 April 2021

  • The Library will close at 16:00 on Thursday 1 April 2021 and reopen at 9:30 on Tuesday 6 April 2021
August 2021
From Saturday 28 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021
  • The Library will close at 19:00 on Friday 27 August 2021 and reopen at 9:30 on Tuesday 31 August 2021
Christmas 2021

Friday 24 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022
[closing at 5pm on Thursday 23 December and re-opening at 9am on Tuesday 4 January]

Easter 2022

Friday 15 April 2022 – Sunday 17 April 2022
[closing at 7pm on Thursday 14 April and re-opening at 9am on Monday 18 April because Easter Monday falls in 0th Week of Trinity Term].

August 2022

Saturday 27 August 2022 – Monday 29 August 2022
[closing at 7pm on Friday 16 August and re-opening at 9am on Tuesday 30 August]. 

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