Bodleian Law Library

Bodleian Law Library is home to the reference only collection for law.

The entrance and main areas of the Bodleian Law Library are on the second floor of the  St Cross Building. The library is arranged over all four floors of the building. A lift connects all floors and there is level access throughout. 



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There are four accessible parking spaces available: one in front of the building, one along the left hand side of the building and two at the rear. Please bear in mind that three of these spaces are shared with the nearby Manor Road building. It is advisable to book a parking space in advance by contacting the Porters' Lodge on 01865 271 481 or

All parking in the St Cross Building car park is for University car park permit holders only.

Additional parking is available nearby subject to blue badge regulations.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map  (725kb)

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The Law Library entrance is on the second floor of the building and can be reached via the main external staircase – there is a central handrail all the way up. The accessible entrance is to the right of the external staircase – see the main St Cross Building page for further information. From the accessible entrance, follow the corridor round to the left and into the lobby area where you will see the main passenger lift in front of you. Take the lift to the second floor - this takes you to the café where there are 2 possible routes to the library. You can exit the café through the powered glass doors where there is a slight ramp onto an outdoor terraced area. You will see the entrance to the library across the terrace to the left – there is another slight ramp and a powered door which takes you back inside the building into a lobby area outside the library.

Alternatively, you can go through the seminar room next to the café (unless it is in use), then follow the corridor round to the right, go through a door and this will take you into the lobby area outside the library. Note that this requires using two non-powered doors.

From this lobby area, go through the automatic powered doors into the library. In front of you are access controlled gates which should be wide enough for most wheelchair users. If not there is a wider gate to the left. Visually impaired people should take care here as the gates are made of clear glass with no contrasting markings. Once through the gates you are in the main part of the library.

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There is a lift giving access to all floors of the library – go past the enquiry desk by the library entrance and the lift is on the right hand side. The lift is spacious, has tactile buttons, audio information and a hearing loop. Note that while students will be able to use the lift freely, there are also access controlled exits to staff only areas.

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Accessible toilets

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There are no toilets within the library. There is an accessible toilet near the main entrance to the library. Exit the library to the lobby area, turn right just before the powered door to the outdoor terrace area, the toilet is straight ahead at the end of the corridor. Please see the main St Cross Building page for information on other accessible toilets. 

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Standard toilets

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There are no toilets within the library itself, however there are toilets on all floors of the St Cross Building apart from the third floor. The first floor has several gender neutral toilets. 

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Hearing support system

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There is a portable hearing loop system in place at the main enquiry desk.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday to Friday: 9:00-22:00
Saturday: 10:00-19:00
Sunday: 10:00-19:00

Vacation time

Monday to Friday: 9:00-19:00
Saturday: 10:00-16:00
Sunday: CLOSED


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.
August Bank Holiday long weekend.


Inaccessible areas

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All areas of the library are accessible. However, some of the book stacks and shelving are at an inaccessible height for some people with disabilities. Staff at the enquiry desk will be happy to help if needed. 



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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 4
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes