Venue hire

The Bodleian Library is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which forms the historic heart of the University. This beautiful venue can be the setting for your wedding, corporate event or family celebration.

Our spectacular rooms are ideal for both large and small events. We provide 6 meeting spaces with capacity for up to 450 guests for dining, buffet, wedding, meeting and other functions.

What we offer

We can provide the picture perfect setting for civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies or drinks receptions, dinners, and family celebrations. Our rooms offer a magnificent setting for business presentations and corporate hospitality. Our beautiful quadrangles provide secluded outdoor spaces, surrounded by some of Oxford's most ancient and iconic buildings.

Our experienced team will help you to plan your event. They can advise on caterers and other suppliers, ensuring that your function goes smoothly.

About the Library

One of the great libraries of the world, the Bodleian is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library erected by the University in the fifteenth century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. As the largest university library in the UK, and one of five legal deposit libraries, the Library holds millions of printed items as well as manuscripts.

In its reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 26 prime ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

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