Price includes: Venue hire, experienced Wedding Coordinator offering venue and supplier guidance, and support throughout the process. Dedicated venue staff on the day. Private entrance to the Bodleian for your guests. Audio set-up and uplighters for your Band or DJ (reception package).
Set in the heart of the ‘city of the dreaming spires’, the Bodleian Libraries are a historic venue steeped in romance and elegance. Surrounded by prestigious colleges and museums, the Bodleian Libraries are based in the centre of Oxford and have many transport links into the city via bus or train.
In the Old Bodleian Library, both the grand Divinity School and classic Convocation House are available for private hire, giving couples the chance to enjoy these spectacular spaces on the most special day of their lives. Whether a small and intimate ceremony, or a jubilant celebration with all of your friends and family, the Bodleian Libraries 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 beaming natural sunlight, this provides the perfect setting for any drink receptions.
Leading in from the Old Schools Quad is their distinguished Divinity School: their 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. The great arched windows down both sides create shafts of light giving a dramatic effect to any celebration.
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. Complemented 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. For smaller drink 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. They help tailor your day to suit your budget and tastes.
Yes, the spaces you hire can be privately used by you and your guests for the duration of your hire.
We ask you to use our chosen catering supplier and lighting/av supplier as they have worked with our venue for many events and know our venue very well. Otherwise, your other suppliers are completely your choice!
Yes, it is possible to have couple photos in the library. Please do contact us if you would like to know about this extra.
There are lots of magnificent spots, on-site and off-site.
A few of our most popular spots are:
- In front of the Wren Door
- In the arches of the Old School's Quad
- In front of the Radcliffe Camera
Yes, we have our recommended ceremony and reception packages, but if you are looking for something a bit different we are always happy to discuss and work with you to find an option to suit your vision.