The Bodleian Libraries

(9 reviews) 9 5
Broad Street Oxfordshire OX1 3BG
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About The Bodleian Libraries

Broad Street
Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG

Upon entering the Old Bodleian, you are welcomed with the warm stone walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle, with their intricate detail lit up by the beaming natural sunlight.  The Divinity School is the grandest room in the Old Bodleian Library, and leads from the Quad.  Completed in 1488, it is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a magnificent stone carved ceiling.  Adjoining the Divinity School, Convocation House is a 17th-century building that was constructed as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body. It features a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork and fixed wooden benches providing chapel style seating for your guests. 

The new Bodleian Library (Blackwell Hall) offers a smooth stone floor, high ceilings and visible gallery of books, providing a modern, flexible space for large wedding receptions.  Situated on the top floor of the Weston Library, the roof terrace offers a spectacular setting for drinks receptions, offering never before seen views over Oxford’s historic rooftops.  Wow your guests with a venue set in the heart of the ‘dreaming spires’.

• Select from 4 caterers to tailor your requirements • Centrally located in the historic city of Oxford • Exclusive use of Old Schools Quad for evening receptions • Licenced for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships • Experienced wedding coordinator on hand throughout your planning

Facilities at The Bodleian Libraries

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
250 to 400 guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities

The Bodleian Libraries Reviews (9)

An amazing place for an amazing day
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By Abi and Gavin, on 21 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Sep 2019

My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Bodleian Library in September 2019. We visited the Divinity Schools on one of their open days and absolutely fell in love. The staff were brilliant to work with and made everything super easy for us. As expected, the venue on the day was perfect. The Bod staff worked really well with the rest of the suppliers (including caterers, florist, furniture hire etc.) so that the day went perfectly smoothly. We had such a fabulous time in the perfect setting and wouldn't have changed a thing!

Fantastic Wedding Venue
Venue Service

By Kate and Don, on 22 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Aug 2019

We had our ceremony in Convocation House in The Bodleian. All through the process, The Bodleian staff were extremely helpful, and took a lot of the stress away. The space was absolutely gorgeous, and on the day, everything went to plan. As a non-religious couple, we were thrilled The Bodleian could provide the gravitas of a church venue, but without the religious overtones.

Beautiful Venue, Brilliant Team
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By Faye and Greg, on 04 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2019

We had an incredible wedding day at the Bodleian Library. We held both the ceremony and the reception there and heard so many glowing comments from the guests about how beautiful the venue was. Hannah and her team were brilliant - responding quickly to every question we had in the planning phase and helping everything run smoothly on the day. We felt totally relaxed and didn't worry about a thing.

Fantastic Oxford Reception Venue
Venue Service

By Alex, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 11 Aug 2018

We had our wedding reception in the Divinity School at the Bodleian and we could not recommend the venue more highly. The building itself is absolutely stunning and needs very little doing to it in the way of decoration - the architecture speaks for itself! So many of our guests told us how much they loved it. Hannah made the whole planning process easy and seamless. She was always responsive and assisted with suppliers and timings. Planning our wedding was much less stressful knowing we could rely on her advice and expertise. The team also made sure things ran smoothly on the day so that my husband and I could just enjoy ourselves. Hannah even helped me with my veil! Overall, we had a fantastic wedding reception at the Bodleian and are so grateful to Hannah and the team for all their efforts.

The perfect venue for an Oxford Wedding!
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By Darmiga & Stefan, on 08 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 26 Aug 2017

When my husband and I visited Blackwell Hall at the Bodleian, we knew we had found the perfect place to hold our wedding reception. Having both studied at Oxford, the city has special meaning to us and this venue ticked all our boxes: central location, stunning interior (with exposed book shelves on the 1st floor looking into the hall) and a huge open space big enough for 200 + guests and a ceilidh. As if this wasn't enough, there was also a beautiful sky light, a huge screen at the back of the hall we could use to make a slideshow of photos (which looked fantastic) and the added option to hire access to a roof terrace (with some of the best views of the oxford sky line we have seen) and also the current exhibitions. From the very start, Hannah, Kate and the rest of the Bodleian team were a pleasure to work with and were very professional, accommodating and helpful. On the day, the room looked amazing, the event ran smoothly and we received so many compliments on the choice of venue! We would highly recommend Blackwell Hall for anyone looking for a unique and memorable place to wed in Oxford. Thank you all for everything!

Wonderful staff - beyond beautiful venue
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By Katherine Corr, on 24 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 17 Jun 2017

Hannah and the team at the Bodleian were an absolute dream in helping us to realise our dream of getting married in Convocation House. As soon as my husband and I found out you could get married in the Bodleian we knew that what we wanted to do. Firstly the events team were really responsive and helpful in finding a slot we could do, despite quite a late request and they calendar being pretty packed. We had a great first meeting where the events manager took us through how things would work, and how we could decorate etc. - and Hannah was great putting up with my endless questions leading up to the day. The venue itself is beautiful - so bright for what it is, and beautifully appointed. They liaised with my registrar, flowers, and photographer for me so everything went off without a single hitch. Overall a beautiful venue, fabulous staff and a perfect ceremony. Thanks to Hannah and the team!

Spring Bodleian Wedding
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By Riham and Vivek, on 01 Jun 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Apr 2017

My husband both studied at the university and is where our journey began - Oxford had a special meaning. When we were told by a friend we could get married at the Bodleian Library we knew it would be the perfect spot. The location/building/history is incredible; all our guests were in love with the venue. Its absolutely breathtaking. On top of that brilliant services throughout from a fantastic wedding co-ordinator to security. Thank you so much Bodleian for making our wedding a extra special; we wouldn't have changed a thing!

Christian's & Michelle's Wedding
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By Christian & Michelle, on 10 Apr 2017Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2017

We were married at Exeter College in Oxford, and after a long day of festivities in the College we had our evening reception at the Divinity Schools and couldn't have asked for a more magical finale to our special day. The splendour of the Bodleian facade, and the grandeur of the Divinity Schools, completed our perfect wedding in an enchanting and memorable way. The wedding management team at the Bodleian was extremely professional, and were understanding and accommodating of our many requests; they were as efficient as they were charming and it was pleasure to work with them. We could not more highly recommend a venue, or a team to work with; and we are sure our family, our guests, and we shall cherish the memories of our wedding reception at the Bodleian for many decades to come.

An absolutely perfect ceremony...
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By Sarah and Adam, on 19 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 03 Sep 2016

We had an absolutely perfect ceremony – the room looked beautiful, and everyone thought the whole Bodleian was absolutely amazing. You and your colleagues were really helpful and patient – thank you for that. You also made everything very straightforward in the weeks leading up, and you offered a great deal of help and advice, for which we are very grateful. We’re so pleased that we had our ceremony with you. It was the absolute highlight of the day and it was so very special to have it at the Bod, with all the memories that we have of it. Thank you. All our best wishes, Sarah and Adam

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