New to Oxford? Get to know the Bodleian Libraries and how we can help you

Image of a person studying in the Bodleian Libraries and the Bodleian Libraries logo. Clicking on the image will start the Bodleian Libraries Getting Started Video.

Libraries will play a big part during your time at Oxford, whether providing access to online articles on your reading list or helping you find that elusive book.

Getting to grips with the services we provide and finding your way around buildings and collections, can seem daunting at first. We run Library Welcome Sessions and Tours, to provide you with all the key information you need to know, so you can confidently get down to your studies.

You may also find it useful to watch a short introductory video to the Bodleian Libraries.


Details of your Library Welcome Webinar, where friendly staff will run through how the Bodleian Libraries can help you, are in your student timetable. Links and times for your session will be listed there.

The slides and SOLO handout from the webinar are available on the Bodleian Libraries Getting Started webpage.

You can drop in and attend a 20-minute tour at any of these times; no booking is required:

  • Wednesday 5 October: 11am, 3pm
  • Thursday 6 October: 11am, 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday 7 October: 11am, 5pm


Your Library Welcome sessions are in person and you will have been given details of them by your Department. In most cases, your Library tours will be just after or just before your Welcome session.

If you miss your Library Welcome Session

Further information on getting started in the Bodleian Libraries can be found on a dedicated webpage. You can also speak to our friendly library staff, who will be happy to help you.