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Weston Library

Opens in 12 min: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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...more
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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All reviews magna carta small exhibition free exhibition free toilets jane austen middle earth on display treasure room morse code amazing exhibition his life broad street the ground floor quick look gift shop well worth the visit oxford university
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Reviewed September 17, 2015

I just dropped in to have a cup to tea (with scone, cream and jam) and noticed a leaflet on the table for an exhibition so I thought whilst I was there I might as well go and have a look. It was the best...More

Thank Amanda W
Reviewed September 13, 2015

Not Just A Library. In what must be a huge working library for the academics of Oxford University, there is a large public space on the ground floor, which is very welcoming to ordinary mortals. You can pop in to use the loos (first class),...More

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Reviewed September 12, 2015

Although I've been to Oxford many times, this was my first to the Weston Library. I met a friend here for coffee and to see the latest exhibition. Coffee is good and the lemon drizzle cake is better than mine. The exhibition space is just...More

Thank 496stephb
Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

An amazing place. There is a copy of the Magna Carta and books and manuscripts that are stunning to see. A Gutenberg Bible with type so crisp it looks like it was published last week. A good cafe and a well stocked shop round out...More

Thank Gumgrove
Reviewed September 3, 2015

New extension to the Bodlian Library - excellent building and facilities. Current exhibition of Masterpieces of the Bodlian is spectacular. Nice cafe too!

Thank Bee46
Reviewed August 31, 2015

This very new modern building house, amongst other things, an amazing exhibition of ancient artefacts that have been selected from the thousands (millions!) that form the collection that is the Boolean Library. Visiting the exhibition can take you 10 minutes or 2 hours or more...More

Thank IanL77
Reviewed August 28, 2015

Recently refurbished, this part of the Bodleian Library - across the road from the 1602 main library, is an artistic marvel in its own right. Include a visit when touring Oxford's delights.

Thank Relentlessvoyager
Reviewed August 24, 2015

I went here during the "Mark of Genius" exhibition. It's always a good investment to get a tour guide in Oxford, that way you appreciate all the libraries more. There's a small cafe in the library and sometimes it's hard to look for a table....More

Thank MissyMacy
Reviewed August 21, 2015

A suburb exhibition of ancient manuscripts and books including a first edition of Shakespear's plays dated 1623 and first editions from Copernicus', Keplar and Galilieo (The Starry Meesenger), Hook's Micrographia and Newton's Principia Mathematica.

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Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Visited Oxford with my 7 month old twins and was pointed the way of this library as being pram friendly. How wrong they were - got kicked out and told I would have to carry them - in pouting of the logistics of such a...More

Thank Stu531
Weston L, Manager at Weston Library, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2015

I'm so sorry that you had a negative experience when you visited us. Although we have particular concerns around space etc., we'd like to welcome all ages. We're currently reviewing our policies around things like prams to make sure that we can be as welcoming...More

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October 6, 2018|
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Response from Terry N | Reviewed this property |
Unless absolutely necessary I would not advise driving in Oxford. best option is to use the perimeter Park n Ride facilities. they are cheap and operate frequent services.
July 31, 2018|
Response from Tricia T | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there would be any issue with respect to a wheel chair; however, many of the pieces might be out of view range.