17 July 2014
As part of the University of Oxford Open Days on 2 and 3 July the Bodleian Libraries welcomed prospective students and their families through its doors with tours of its world-renowned historic buildings.
Over 240 potential students took part in the tours of the Bodleian Library site over the two days. They were able to visit the 15th-century Duke Humfrey's Library, the newly refurbished Gladstone Link and the iconic Radcliffe Camera all of which are usually only accessible to current students and readers. The exclusive access for the two days proved very popular with the prospective students and the feedback was very positive.
Many other Bodleian libraries also opened their doors to Open Day visitors including the English Faculty Library, Music Faculty Library, Sackler Library, Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library, and the Law Library. There were more prospective students taking tours of both the Radcliffe Science Library and the Social Science Library this year than in 2013.
The visitors were shown not only the impressive library buildings across Oxford and the study spaces they have to offer, but also learnt from the specialist subject staff about the variety of resources the Libraries have available to support their studies.
With the high demand received in the July Open Days, the Bodleian Libraries aim to offer tours during the September Open Days.