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The Bodleian, the world-renowned group of research libraries of the University of Oxford, has always been a destination for students, scholars and visitors across the globe: an essential resource for teaching and research, which has expanded into a variety of buildings in the historic heart of Oxford, including such architectural icons as Duke Humfrey’s Library, the Divinity School, and the Radcliffe Camera.
Successive generations have made their way to Oxford to consult its vast collections; to be inspired in the quiet hush of its reading rooms; and to be enriched by their exchange with the Bodleian’s expert curators and subject specialists. They come here thanks to the unrivalled collections of published literature and primary source materials - manuscripts, printed books, ephemera, maps, music, photographs - spanning continents, ages, languages and subjects. The Bodleian has acted as a library of legal deposit for 400 years, receiving a copy of every new book published in the UK.
Each year the Bodleian serves more than 65,000 readers, over 40% of them from beyond the University, while its critically-acclaimed exhibitions attract almost 100,000 visitors annually.