The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library—the Bodleian Library—which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined library collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 30,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in other formats.
This library has Designated Collections of national importance.
Archive, Library, Gallery, Heritage site
The Special Collections at the Bodleian Library: Rare books, Manuscripts and Archives, Maps, Music, and Oxford University Archives are Designated Collections of national importance.
These collections include many rare and important items. Highlights amongst them are the only Shakespeare First Folio still in its original home, Handel’s conducting score of 'Messiah', the Gutenberg Bible, Mary Shelley's manauscript of 'Frankenstein', Holst’s autograph of 'The Planets' to name just a few.
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford innovation
- 22 November 2013 — 18 May 2014 *on now
For more than 800 years Oxford has made a remarkable contribution to the art and science of medicine. Scientists, philosophers and physicians have made the city an outstanding scientific centre from the medieval period onwards. From Roger Bacon's conception of science as the experimental and inductive study of nature in the 13th century to Dorothy Hodgkin's discovery of the structure of penicillin during World War II, Oxford has been responsible for some of the world's most important medical discoveries. The exhibition will tell the story of Oxford's place in the history of medicine from the medieval period to its current position at the forefront of medical research and clinical practice. Visitors will be able to view a unique display of treasures which uncover Oxford's role in some of the most significant discoveries in medical history.
- Any age