Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library

Divinity School, Bodleian

Divinity School, Bodleian

Convocation House, Bodleian

Convocation House, Bodleian

Chancellor's Court, Bodleian

Chancellor's Court, Bodleian

Weston Library

Weston Library

Bodleian Library from the Weston Library roof terrace

Bodleian Library from the Weston Library roof terrace

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which forms the historic heart of the University of Oxford. The library was founded by Sir Thomas Bodley and officially opened in 1602.

It is the largest university library in the UK, one of five legal deposit libraries, and holds millions of printed items and manuscripts. Generations of famous scholars have studied in its reading rooms, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 26 prime ministers.

This magnificent historic venue can provide the picture-perfect setting for your corporate event or family celebration. On a Saturday and Sunday evening, the venue can be exclusively yours.

We offer three rooms of different sizes, each with its own unique history and character. The Divinity School, Convocation House and Chancellor’s Court are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnership ceremonies. Our beautiful quadrangles provide secluded outdoor spaces, surrounded by some of Oxford’s most ancient and iconic buildings.

2015 saw the reopening of the Weston Library following an £80m refurbishment project. As well as providing world class facilities for academics and students, the Weston Library now includes a magnificent 854m2 hall for dining and drinks, a state of the art lecture theatre seating 117 and a rooftop terrace with stunning views across the city, all of which can be hired for conferences and events.

Venue Contact
Alice Ogilvie
01865 277224
events@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

6 meeting spaces with capacity for up to
450 guests for

  • dining
  • buffet
  • theatre
  • cabaret

functions.

Summary

Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
Divinity School
120 See image
Divinity School, Bodleian
Dining for up to 120 guests
200
120
- -
80
200
Convocation House
30
60
- - - -
60 See image
Convocation House, Bodleian
Standing space for up to 60 guests
Chancellor's Court
-
30
- - - -
30 See image
Chancellor's Court, Bodleian
Standing space for up to 30 guests
Blackwell Hall
250 See image
Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
Dining for up to 250 guests
See image
Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
Dining for up to 250 guests
250
- - - -
450
Roof Terrace
- - - - - -
100 See image
Roof Terrace, Weston Library
Drinks space for up to 100 guests
Lecture Theatre
- -
117 See image
Lecture Theatre
Theatre space for up to 117 guests
- - - -

Room by room

  • Divinity School

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: The university’s oldest teaching and examination room, dates from the 1500s, and is a masterpiece of English gothic architecture.

    Facilities: Trestle tables, PA system (extra charge), screen, projector table, client hires own furniture.

    Accessibility: Fully accessible on ground floor, but steps to adjoining room.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    120 See image
    Divinity School, Bodleian
    Dining for up to 120 guests
    200
    120
    - -
    80
    200
  • Convocation House

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: 17th century building, constructed as a meeting place for the university’s supreme legislative body, features a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork and fixed wooden benches.

    Facilities: Trestle tables, PA system (extra charge), screen, projector table, fixed seating in horseshoe-shaped disposition, large and impressive doorway leading from Chancellor’s Court to the Sheldonian Quadrangle.

    Accessibility: Fully accessible on ground floor, but steps to adjoining room.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    30
    60
    - - - -
    60 See image
    Convocation House, Bodleian
    Standing space for up to 60 guests
  • Chancellor's Court

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Clearly identifiable as the university’s former courtroom by its bench and dock, where the university tried members accused of wrongdoing.

    Facilities: Trestle tables, PA system (extra charge), screen, projector table, large and impressive doorway leading from Chancellor’s Court to the Sheldonian Quadrangle.

    Accessibility: Fully accessible on ground floor.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    -
    30
    - - - -
    30 See image
    Chancellor's Court, Bodleian
    Standing space for up to 30 guests
  • Blackwell Hall

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Blackwell Hall is the Weston library's splendid new entrance atrium with a colonnade overlooking Broad Street. This bright and airy space can seat 250 guests for dinner or 450 for drinks receptions, and is an ideal space for presentations, product launches, private receptions and dinner-dances.

    Facilities: Built in audio-visual systems and the option to have a private view of the current exhibition.

    Accessibility: Fully accessible

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    250 See image
    Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
    Dining for up to 250 guests
    See image
    Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
    Dining for up to 250 guests
    250
    - - - -
    450
  • Roof Terrace

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: On the fifth floor of the Weston Library, a fabulous venue for drinks receptions for up to 100 guests. Magnificent views across Oxford's historic rooftops to the hills beyond.

    Facilities:

    Accessibility: Access by lift from ground floor.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - - - - - -
    100 See image
    Roof Terrace, Weston Library
    Drinks space for up to 100 guests
  • Lecture Theatre

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Situated on the ground floor, the Lecture Theatre has 117 comfortable tiered seats with soft-fold tables.

    Facilities: Soft-fold tables and power sockets, fully equipped with the latest audio-visual systems.

    Accessibility: Fully accessible on ground floor

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - -
    117 See image
    Lecture Theatre
    Theatre space for up to 117 guests
    - - - -
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