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The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. It includes the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years, as well as 27 libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries. Together, the Libraries hold more than 13 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera.

Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library. For more information, visit www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00
Sat 9.00-17.00
Sun 11.00-17.00

Admission charges

Admission Free

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.

Collection details

Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Talking Maps

  • 5 July 2019 — 1 March 2020

Every map tells a story. Talking Maps is a celebration of maps and what they tell us about the places they depict and the people that make and use them.

Drawing on the Bodleian's unparalleled collection of more than 1.3 million maps, this exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps from a range of cultures and in a variety of formats as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps.

Talking Maps explores how maps are neither transparent objects of scientific communication, nor baleful tools of ideology, but proposals about the world that help people to understand who they are by describing where they are.

Venue: ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2019/july/talking-maps

Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
England

Website

Library website

http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Exhibitions

http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson

E-mail

Communications Office

communications@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

Communications Office

01865 277627

Exhibitions

01865 277178

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