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Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library first opened its doors to students and scholars in 1602 and now offers three historic rooms of different sizes, each with its own unique character.

The magnificent Divinity School is the oldest lecture and examination room of the University. Built in 1488, it is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture.

The adjoining Convocation House was built in the 17th century as a distinguished meeting place for the governing body of the University, with wooden seating arranged around all four sides, including the Vice-Chancellor’s throne.

Chancellor’s Court, the ante- room to Convocation House, was formerly used as the University’s court room.
Today, these rooms still play an important part in the ceremonial life of the University, including functions hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, matriculation and degree ceremonies.

The venue is available for private and corporate hire, such as dinners, drinks receptions, lectures and presentations. The Bodleian Library is also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

Group guided tours of Duke Humfrey’s medieval Library may be arranged during evening functions.
For more information go to www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/venue-hire or call the events team to book an appointment for a viewing on 01865 277224.

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