The Bodleian Library is the main research library at the University of Oxford and a unique space for events.
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The Bodleian Library is the main research library at the University of Oxford and a unique space for events. One of six national copyright libraries, the Bodleian Library draws scholars and visitors from around the world. The Library is entitled to receive a copy of every book, periodical and newspaper printed in Britain, currently with over 8 million volumes occupying over 190km of shelving.
This remarkable group of buildings constituting the historic heart of Oxford is made up in part by the Divinity School – its oldest teaching and examination room (1427-88) and The Bodleian (1602-1620). These buildings provide a unique environment in which to entertain your guests or add a totally new dimension to your conference.
The Bodleian Library was opened in 1602 as an extension of the first of Oxford University’s Libraries founded c. 1320. The Bodelian Library was formed following a donation of over 280 manuscripts from the younger brother of King Henry V, the Duke of Gloucester. Following this donation a library was built and finished in 1488. However, this library was soon left empty and devoid of books as King Edward VI ordered a purge of all traces of Roman Catholicism from the English Church, including books and images. In 1598 Sir Thomas Bodley rescued the library donating money and books to refurbish and refill it. In 1610 Bodley agreed with the Stationers’ Company of London for a copy of every newly published book in England to be donated to the library.