Weston Library

The Weston Library is home to three distinctive reading rooms and forms part of the larger Bodleian complex.

Weston Library Building as viewed from outside the Oxford Martin School.

This guide covers the Reading Rooms and study areas in the library.  If you would like access information for the public and exhibition spaces, please click hereThe locations of the different collections in the Weston can be found here.



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There are no University-owned spaces, but there are accessible parking bays on Broad Street and Parks Road (13 spaces in total).  Please see the map below for more details. 

Oxford city center blue badge parking map (725kb)



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The reader entrance is located on Parks Road, and the main entrance door is up a stone ramp with a handrail on the right hand side.  Once at the top of the ramp, the main door will be on your left.  This is a large pair of double doors which are opened manually, but are not as heavy as they look.  Once through these, there is a set of powered entrance barriers which allow access to the library.  There is a proximity card-reader on the left hand side of the gate; touch your Bod card to this to enter.

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There are two lifts located in the East core of the building.  To get there leave the readers entrance foyer and the lift lobby is straight ahead of you.  Both have voice information and tactile buttons.

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Accessible toilets

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There are accessible toilets located on Levels G, 1, and 3.  On the ground floor, go through the entrance lobby and down the corridor to you right.  Turn right at the foot of the stairs to reach the accessible toilet.  If you are coming from the lifts, turn left down the corridor and right at the foot of the stairs.  On the first floor, the accessible toilet is located near to the Mackerras Reading Room.  Leave the reading room and turn left, again turning right at the bottom of the stairs.  On the third floor the accessible toilet is right next to the entrance of the David reading room, opposite the security desk.

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Standard toilets

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There are Women’s toilets next to the accessible toilet on Floor 1, close to the bottom of the stairs.  The Men’s toilets are next to the accessible toilet on the ground floor, again at the bottom of the stairs.  There are no gender neutral toilet facilities in this building. 

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There are hearing support systems available at every enquiry, issue and security desk, as well as in the large seminar room and smaller meeting rooms.  The meeting room loops are portable, so please contact the library in advance if you think you would like to use them. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Reading Rooms
Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00
Sat 10.00-16.00
Sun Closed
Headley Tearoom for staff and readers
Mon-Fri 10.00-16.30
Sat 10.00-14.00
Sun Closed


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.


Inaccessible areas

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Good news – There aren’t any!


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 0
Accessible toilets 3
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes