Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

The England Weston Library, is part of the Bodleian Library, located in the heart of Oxford. Home to over 12 million items, the library is the second-largest in the UK.

Before being granted access to the library, visitors are required to agree to a formal declaration. You must declare, in person:

“I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.”

The library originally included administrative and reading rooms, together with an 11-storey bookstack beneath the building. This was connected with the original Bodleian Library underground by an conveyor belt system for books. It is still possible to walk underground between the Radcliffe Camera and the new library building.

In the early 21st century, the building was rebuilt internally to provide improved storage facilities for rare and fragile material, as well as better facilities for readers and visitors.

Today, visitors can enjoy tours and exhibitions on a number of topics of academic interest. Famous books housed within include one of the last remaining Gutenberg Bibles, Shakespeare’s First Folio and the first book printed in Arabic with moveable type.

There is also a café serving hot drinks and snacks for thirsty visitors. While you cannot take any of the books away with you, visitors can enjoy the gift shop. It sells memorabilia of the library and university.

The Weston Library is just one of several buildings that make up the Bodleian Library complex. These buildings cluster in a square just off Broad Street, near the centre of the Oxford University campus.