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Weston Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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The Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian) is the home of the Bodleian Libraries' special collections. Reopened in 2015 following a spectacular refurbishment, visitors can enjoy its new public spaces and discover more about the Bodleian's treasures. Here you can see free exhibitions in two large galleries, view displays, attend talks and events then take a break at the cafe or visit the shop.
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited on a Sunday afternoon, prebooked free tickets, the exhibition consists of mounted glass cabinets on the walls of a large room with some free standing in the middle containing many interesting exhibits such as handwritten texts from The Hobbit + LOTR, original maps, letters...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was here for the Tolkien exhibition. The building has been redeveloped since I was up and is now a welcoming space, boasting a handy coffee shop in the main foyer. The exhbition is housed in a fairly small room but is well worth a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Cafe at the entry offered a nice respite. Informative video display gave the history of the Library albeit very slowly. Display on Tolkien was high quality and very informative. Interactive section was exceptional.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's free but pre-booking is essential (timed half hour slots). I'd booked for my visit and all the slots had been booked so no walk-in entries. What you get is one large room (and not too crowded so the crowd limit is sensible) of Tolkien's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This area of the Bodleian is mostly free access. It had a major refurbishment some years ago, and now offers a large foyer area with cafe and shop. There are usually free exhibitions

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited before our guided tour at the Bodleian Library. Saw the free Suffragette exhibition in June - it's so interesting and a great 30 minutes. There's a large cafe here too (and clean toilets).

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Until the end of October 2018 the Bodleian Library are presenting in the Weston Library a free exhibition of J.R.R. Tolkien's work for his storybooks, including The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. It's a rare opportunity to see the original artwork that Tolkien...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a mocha while waiting for the rain to stop. Took in the exhibit. Unfortunately a few days early for Tolkien.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here after a morning spent on the Bodleian upstairs downstairs tour (separate review) and it was a wonderful contrast. We got to admire the library itself, and the small free exhibit when we went was treasures of the Bodleian (including letters from Kenneth...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Used the café on the Saturday. Good: quick service with the minimum of fuss. Went to the suffragette exhibition (free) and gift shop next day. Gift shop had a good range in there. The exhibition was interesting without being overwhelming.

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