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Weston Library

Open Now: 08:30 - 17:00
Open today: 08:30 - 17:00
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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
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Reviewed 5 December 2018

Basically everyone that works in the Weston library is lovely apart from the security guard who is manning the Charles Mackerras Room right now (Wednesday morning, he is bald and large with a beard and glasses) who is SO aggressive, rude and loud when he...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

As a resident, I've visited the Weston Library several times a year since the public area opened. The exhibitions are of mixed quality - the exhibition of "Treasures" which changes over time is consistently excellent and a must for any book lover; the small exhibitions...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Helen W
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Had lunch here as part of the Showcase day. Sandwiches and Tea/Coffee provided - very disappointing. Impressive building

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Margaret N
Reviewed 18 November 2018

Don't expect to spend much time here, but if they have an exhibit that you are interested in, do come. We missed the Tolkien exhibit by one day, but the others they planned looked good. Each exhibit is only one room, so it won't take...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank K4848RPmike
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We went to the Tolkien exhibition, which would be great as a permanent exhibit. It was both astonishing and breathtaking. I was really touched by the care with which this exhibition was mounted; the designers outdid themselves and it honestly made me think about Tolkien's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gina S
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Truly inspirational exhibition with so many of Tolkien’s original drawings – interesting to see how Middle Earth evolved. The exhibit had a lot of background information to Tolkien’s life and works - there is a book which accompanies the exhibition which is well worth the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Helen M
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

We went to Oxford to see the Tolkien Exhibition this weekend. It finishes in the next few days but if you like his writing and get chance to go it's worth making the trip. Advanced tickets have sold out but you can still get them...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank timhdronfield
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We stopped in after seeing signs for the Tolkein exhibition (how Middle Earth was created). It was free, but reserved time tickets were required. Luckily it wasn't busy (being the last 2 weeks of the exhibit) and we got tickets for the immediate time slot....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wubbuwu
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Our map conference was held in this library as well as a Tolkien exhibit about his books. We had an interesting tour taking us into underground tunnels to reach the other buildings. With advance notice you can view historic books and scrolls from their vaults.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 2 October 2018

A magnificent exhibition, with many original works. The maps were amazing, but for me, the handwritten scrawl which was his first draft of the ride of the Rohirrim had me in tears, such was the power it held. Stunning.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephen E
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6 October 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.
31 July 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.