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Whether a small & intimate ceremony or a jubilant celebration with all of your friends and family, the Bodleian will provide the most magnificent backdrop to your wedding day.

Upon entering the Old Bodleian, you are welcomed by the warm stone walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle. With their intricate detail lit up by the natural sunlight, this provides the perfect setting for any drink reception.

Leading in from the Old Schools Quad is our distinguished Divinity School: our grandest room that can be used for both ceremonies and wedding receptions. Completed in 1488, it is a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a magnificent stone carved ceiling.

Adjoining the Divinity School, Convocation House was added in 1637 to provide a distinguished meeting place for the University's supreme governing body. The wooden tiered seating arranged around the room creates a chapel-like setting. Complimented by the excellent natural acoustics, this room is an idea setting for civil ceremonies and partnerships.

In conjunction with the Old Bodleian, the Weston Library across the road offers a smooth stone floor, high ceilings and visible gallery of books. Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library provides a modern and flexible space which is perfect for larger wedding receptions. There’s also the roof terrace with an amazing view of Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires'.

The Bodleian's Events team recognize that no two weddings are the same and will help to provide a friendly and professional service. We help tailor your day to suit your budget and tastes.

Bodleian Libraries at a Glance

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Price Range
£2100 - £9200
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Unique Venue
Exclusive Use
City Centre
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Seated Capacity
Up to 120
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Reception Capacity
Up to 120
The Libraries offer their grandest rooms for private hire: from the University’s oldest teaching and examination room (dating from the 1500s), to the modern roof terrace of the Weston Library. Convocation House can host up to 100 guests for a wedding ceremony. Divinity School can host up to 120 guests for a wedding reception Blackwell Hall can host larger wedding receptions for up to 250 guests The Bodleian Weddings team are there to guide you from the moment you book your room, to the day of the event. We are available to meet you for your initial visit, your on-site planning meeting with your caterer and florist, and for a final meeting. The Bodleian's experienced Events team are available to advise on caterers and other suppliers, ensuring that your event runs smoothly. Pricing Category : LuxuryReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 120Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 120HistoricCity Hotel / City VenueNumber of People In Team : 3 View More
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Brigitte and James
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01 Aug 2022
Fairytale at the Bodleian
We cannot wait to get married here in 2022! Kate and the rest of the staff are terrific at answering all questions and don’t miss the wedding showcase (virtual ones too!). It’s a gorgeous, historical venue in the heart of Oxford
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Erin and Edwin
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13 Aug 2022
Weddings at Bodleian Libraries
An exceptional venue with extremely helpful and kind staff. They really know what they’re doing and make the whole process easier.


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University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG

Bodleian Libraries

  • University of Oxford
  • Bodleian Library
  • Oxford
  • Oxfordshire
  • OX1 3BG
  • United Kingdom

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