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Weston Library

Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
+44 1865 287400
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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 treasures. Here you can see free exhibitions in two large galleries, view displays, attend talks and events then take a break at the cafe or visit the shop.
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Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Timed tickets due to it being very busy & it was. Lovely to see original artworks and information on Tolkien’s life, but patience needed due to it being so busy. Each artifact needed time to read either the descriptions or both this and the artifact...More

Thank Bededaw
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to see the Toklien exhibit. The only let down was that despite limiting the number of people in it still felt crowded. We didn't really get the chance to look at some of the displays in the level of detail that we wanted....More

Thank Christopher C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a quick look on te library as we called in at the cafe for a coffee and cake. There is an exhibition of original Tolkien drawings at the moment but tickets are limited and so we were not able to get in.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Puts on good free exhibits. We toured the Tolkien exhibit which was very well done. This facility has a very generous entry hall with amazing AC so it is a good place to pop in to cool down and use the well maintained toilets.

Thank Patricia T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In general a good venue, but weel worth it for the Tolkien exhibition. Only coast 1 pound for admin fee. Very comprehensive show of his things.

Thank mconnor042
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you are visiting the Weston Library specifically for the Tolkien Exhibit, or simply to marvel at the literary collection and architecture, it is worth the trip! Both are outstanding.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to study in the New Bodleian when we were students and came back for our 51st wedding anniversary. The Weston Library is a major asset for Oxford and was fascinating We went to two special exhibitions on Tolkein and on Women's Suffrage. Both...More

Thank SergeLourie
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The current Tolkien exhibit (which is free) at Weston Library permits you to experience Tolkien's letters and art in an amazing setting. Not only is there much on the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, there are also some of the letters he wrote to...More

Thank Tricia T
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Reviewed 5 July 2018

The outside is considered unattractive by the locals, as it was designed by someone from the place that should not be named here ( Cambridge! ). On a serious note: right across the street there's a Christopher Wren building! What you must do is visit...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Absolutely amazed at the output of Tolkien. Only one drawback no photography allowed in the gallery. However you can stand and do detailed drawings no sense there.

Thank g7gwf
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tinker6ell
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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.
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