One of the greatest libraries of the world, the Bodleian is a functioning library which forms part of the University of Oxford. First opened to scholars in 1602, it encompasses an earlier library set up by the University in the fifteenth century to home books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. As the biggest university library in the UK, and one of five legal deposit libraries, the Bodleian holds millions of printed items as well as manuscripts.
In its reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 26 prime ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.
Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG