Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera
the library

Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera Oxford

The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. Part of the library doubles as Hogwarts library and dining room in the Harry Potter films, and special guided tours are provided for ages 11 and over. Tours for younger children are held during the school holidays. Make it part of a great day out in Oxford.

The library is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which form the historic heart of the University, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge. Different ticket options allow you to visit the interior of some of the buildings, such as the University’s oldest teaching and examination room, The Divinity School (built 1427-88). Here you will discover more of the University’s fascinating history. Our guided tours go behind the scenes in the Library, including its oldest research library, The Bodleian, dating from 1602.

Access to the Old Bodleian Library: The Bodleian Library is situated in Oxford on Broad Street, OX1 3BG. There are six (6) entrances to the central complex, three (3) on Broad Street (facing North), two (2) on Catte Street (East) and one (1) from the Radcliffe Square (South)

Recommended entrance via Catte Street: The Great Gate is the main entrance which provides direct access to the Old Schools Quadrangle and the Old Bodleian Library. You can purchase tickets on the right hand side of the Gate, in the Wooden Lodge.

Old Schools Quadrangle. Admission to the Old Schools Quadrangle is free. Once you reach the Old Schools Quadrangle, the Old Bodleian Library entrance faces west. Through the glass doors behind the statue you enter the Proscholium. From the Proscholium you can access the Divinity School where all tours start. There is a ramp for wheelchair access.

Exhibition Room. Admission to the Exhibition Room is free. The entrance to the room is via the Old Schools Quadrangle. There is a ramp for wheelchair access. For a full list of our current and forthcoming exhibitions please visit the Exhibitions and Events website.

Bodleian Shop. The entrance to the Shop is via the Old Schools Quadrangle. There is a ramp for wheelchair access

Toilets. We regret that we have no toilet facilities on site for visitors. Currently the closest public toilets are located outside Covered Market, in Market Street (ca. 300m away).

Concessions. We regret that currently no concessions are available in the Bodleian Library. 

Opening times

We are open Monday – Sunday all year round, except at Christmas, New Year and Easter, when we close on certain days. Please check our opening dates at these times.

Our opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.00

Saturday 9.00 – 16.30

Sunday 11.00-17.00

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015