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Visiting Bodleian Library Oxford

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Bodleian Library was originally built in 1884 by General Pitt Rivers when he was an influential figure in the development of archeology and evolutionary anthropology. The Bodleian Library mainly displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all around the world. There were originally more than 26.000 things inside the museum but many were donated. Main collections that you can see there consist of extensive photographic, film, manuscript, and sound collections. Bodleian Library is located in the northern part of Oxford city. Take the tour inside Bodleian Library and discover many things that you might have never seen before.

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An Educating Day in Bodleian Library

An Educating Day in Bodleian Library

1. Exhibitions

1. Exhibitions

Inside Bodlein Library, there are many exhibitions that are being held. The exhibitions are mainly about literature. However, there are also some exhibitions about art. Now, if you are visiting Bodlein Library, you will get to see the exhibition titled 'Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared'. The exhibition has been started from March 6, 2018 and will be ended in February 2019. The exhibition is mainly celebrating the achievements of women who dared to do things out of their mind. You will also see an exhibition titled 'Tolkien: Maker of Middle - earth'. Inside this exhibition, you will get to see how Tolkien's unique imagination of Middle-earth world being brought to an artwork. Things that you can do inside the exhibitions is joining the talkshow inside to make you understand more about the exhibitions.

2. Bodleian Cafe

2. Bodleian Cafe

One of the unique places inside Bodleian Library is its cafe. The cafe is located in the Blackwell Hall, near the gift shops. If you are a fans of coffee, then this place is perfect for you. The cafe is run by an award-winning caterers, named Benugo. Benugo is famous for their handmade and natural product. In the Bodleian Cafe, you can enjoy so many foods such as salads, hot dishes, cakes, and pastries. The cafe is open everyday but there are also some differences of opening time in weekend. From Monday to Friday, the cafe is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm. On Saturday, they are open from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sunday they are open from 11 am to 5 pm. The tour inside the Bodleian Cafe will bring you into its book-lined gallery. You can also see the inner-workings of the library.

3.  lectures,-courses,-and-workshops

3. lectures,-courses,-and-workshops

The tour inside Bodleian Library would not be educating if you are not learning something inside. Bodleian Library provides a very beneficial activities for its visitors like lectures and workshops. The lectures is a program where it mainly discuss about major exhibitions, new acquisitions, and highlight from the collections. Not only lectures, the library also provides weekly and weekend courses and workshops. The courses and workshops are planned for adults to study about letterpress printing and linocut. The courses and workshops are hosted by the Bodelian's historic presses workshop. Take the tour to the lectures, courses and workshops and learn something new from it.

4. Collection up close visit

4. Collection up close visit

Collection up close visit is perfect for those of you who visit Bodleian Library in a smalle groups. The visits offer close encounters with rare books, archives and manuscripts, which are specially selected for you to view in one of our seminar rooms. The visit are also intended to provide studying media for students who are having some projects.

5. Shop

5. Shop

A tour would not be complete without shopping. Inside Bodleian Library, you will find this shop which sells so many products related to the library. Things that are mainly sell here are stationeries, books, homeware, and accesories. All the products sell in the gift shop have a pattern or a picture about the library. You can also buy some custom printings in the shop.

Bodleian Library Oxford Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

If you are interested in visiting Bodleian Library, it is recommended to buy the tickets online from the library's website because if you are queueing, you might not get the tickets. There are plenty of choices provided for visitors for the tickets such as mini tours tickets, standard tour weekdays tickets, and extended tour tickets. You can also book your tickets by phone to the library's phone number. This also applied for the group visit.

How To Get Around?

To get around Bodleian Library is best go by foot because you will have a tour indoor, so there is no choice of getting around with other things than our foot.

What Should I Wear?

To have some tour around Bodleian Library, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable for you to have a tour around the library. Also, wear a comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the museum in comfort.

Bodleian Library Oxford Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bodleian Library is when it opens, between 9 am to 5 pm every day. If you need to go back from the tour by public transportation, it will be better if you look at the time for availability of it.


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Will I Need a Guide?

It is okay to go have a tour on the library without guide, but if you want to know the history for each exhibition or things that displayed there, it will be very recomended to use a guide. The guided tour is available on every day but make sure you have your tickets on the right tour that you chose.

How To Get There?

Bodleian Libraries is situated in the focal point of Oxford on Parks Road, OX1 3PW. It is a five-minute stroll from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and in indistinguishable working from the Pitt Rivers Museum. There is no stopping at the Museum (with the exception of constrained blue-identification stopping), so we suggest you utilize open transport or Park and Ride. Oxford is very much served by various Park and Ride administrations from various parts of external Oxford, with downtown area stops inside strolling separation of the Museum.

Additional Info

If you are planning to have a group visit to Bodleian Library, make sure that you book the tour first. It is also recommended to take the tour based on the people preferences like family, students, children, and many more. You can also visit the museum's official website to find more about the museum.