Types of visit

Exhibition visits

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The two exhibition galleries in the Weston Library, on Broad Street in the centre of Oxford, showcase a selection of the Bodleianís treasures.

School groups are welcome to book self-guided tours of the galleries and we also offer taught sessions, curator tours, and trails for some exhibitions.

Find out more about current exhibitions and look ahead to upcoming exhibitions

Maximum group size: 30

Collections up close


These sessions for smaller groups offer close encounters with rare books, archives and manuscripts, which are specially selected for you to view in one of our seminar rooms.

We are happy to liaise with local teachers to develop bespoke activities linking special collections items with your scheme of work or your groupís academic interests whenever we can.

Maximum group size: 15

Printing workshops

Photograph of a printing press class

The Bodleianís collections are not just books. A hands-on workshop using our historic printing equipment and metal type gives students an experience of the craft and labour involved in creating a printed book, and a keepsake to print and take away.

A short visit is enough for a brief introduction and to handle some examples of type and letterpress equipment. In a 45-minute session, students can print a personalised certificate or create a poster as a group.

We can also offer linocut printing and drypoint etching classes by special arrangement.

Maximum group size: 8-15, depending on the activity.

Independent research

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In 2018-19 we are piloting the OxLibris project, a series of sessions to support independent study for the EPQ and A-level History coursework. We are aware that students often struggle to access high-quality research materials, so we are looking at ways to offer supervised access to Oxford Universityís library resources.

The pilot year will involve working with selected state schools in Oxfordshire and will involve school visits to libraries, and independent study sessions for individual students in the summer holidays.

OxLibris is taking place in partnership with Oxford Universityís Widening Access and Participation team and College libraries, and aims to support local students in their progression towards university study.

Maximum group size: 15 for sessions in Oxford libraries, larger groups for in-school visits.

See the OxLibris guide.

Study days

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In partnership with Oxford University Academic Departments and Museums, we host themed study days which offer access to world class collections and University teaching through lectures and object-based workshops. 

Recent study days have included Chaucerís World, Jane Austenís World, Medieval Islamic Science, Frankenstein Revisited, The English Civil War, and Parliament Week. 

Please contact the Education Officer to enquire about Study Days.

Maximum group size: 100


Lectures image 2018 

Lectures offer school students a taste of university-style teaching from Oxford academics and exhibition curators. We can arrange speakers on a range of topics linked to the Bodleianís special collections by request. Our visualizer also allows large groups to see rare books and manuscripts in the lecture theatre.

Maximum group size: 110

Old Library tours

Ariel view of the Old Bodleian

Tours of the Bodleianís Old Library are managed by the Tours Coordinator. Unfortunately, group tours cannot usually be booked in advance in the peak months of June to September. A self-guided audio tour is available for advance booking during these times, but this does not go inside the Bodleian.

For more information on booking tours, please see the group tours page here.

Maximum group size: 13


Image: Old Bodleian - John Cairns



Logo for the Helen Hamlyn Trust

The Bodleian Libraries Education Programme is generously supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust. 

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