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The Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Libraries

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society.

Together, the Libraries hold more than 13 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library.

Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include the principal University library - the Bodleian Library - which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; as well as 27 other libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries.

Every second someone interacts with our electronic collections.
Every 14 seconds someone visits one of our libraries.
Every 21 seconds someone borrows one of our books.

History of the Bodleian
Learn about the Bodleian, first opened to scholars in 1602.

Meet Bodley's Librarian
Biography of Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, and links to his recent newsletters.

Using the Bodleian Libraries
Find information on using the Libraries as a researcher or student.

Bodleian Libraries news
The latest news from the Libraries.

Current projects
Updates on our current projects, including the Weston Library.

Our work
Information on the work of the Bodleian Libraries, from Conservation to Outreach and Scholarly Communications.

Press & media enquiries
Information for the press and filming information.

Job opportunities
Current job vacancies, including graduate trainee opportunities.

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