Corporate: Spaces available

Spaces available for corporate and private hire

The library offers diverse spaces for private hire. 

In the Old Bodleian Library choose between the 15th-century Gothic Divinity School, and the 17th-century Convocation House, which sits next to Chancellor's Court, the University’s former courtroom.

In the modern Weston Library there are also three spaces to hire: the Blackwell Hall atrium with access to the exhibition galleries, the lecture theatre equipped with audio-visual systems, and the roof terrace with stunning views over Oxford.

Old Bodleian Library

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Table setting with flowers in the Divinity School

Divinity School

The University’s oldest teaching and examination room, dating from the 1400s. Use of Convocation House and Chancellor's Court are included in the price of Divinity School. 


5 –9pm - £1,750 + VAT

5 11pm - £2,000 + VAT

Additional hours £550 + VAT

Capacity 120 seated / 200 standing

Availability 4pm – 1am (minimum three hours' hire, except on Saturdays with a minimum of six hours)

Accessibility Fully accessible on ground floor; steps to adjoining rooms can be avoided if necessary

Facilities PA system (extra charge); client to hire own equipment and furniture



Chancellor's Court, the Bodleian Library

Convocation House and Chancellor's Court

Convocation House is a 17th-century room, constructed as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body. It features a fan-vaulted ceiling, fine woodwork and fixed wooden benches. The interconnected Chancellor's Court is the University’s former courtroom.

    9am – 5pm - £2,500 + VAT

Any 3 hours - £1,250 + VAT 

Additional hours £450 + VAT

Capacity 100 seated (fixed benches) / 100 standing / 30 dining

Availability 9am – 5pm (minimum three hours' hire)

Accessibility Fully accessible on ground floor

Facilities PA system (extra charge); client to hire own equipment and furniture. 


Weston Library

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Blackwell Hall

Blackwell Hall is the Weston Library's splendid entrance atrium, with a colonnade overlooking Broad Street. This bright and airy space is ideal for presentations, private receptions and dinner dances.


5pm – 1am - £4250 + VAT

5 – 9pm - £2,000 + VAT

– 11pm - £3250 + VAT

Capacity 250 seated / 450 standing

Availability 5pm – 1am, (minimum three hours' hire, except on Saturdays with a minimum of six hours)

Accessibility Fully accessible

Facilities Built-in audio-visual systems, free Wi-Fi and optional private view of the current exhibition

Corporate event at Blackwell Hall, Weston LIbrary




Roof terrace

On the top floor of the Weston Library, the roof terrace is a fabulous venue for drinks receptions. Attendees will love the magnificent views across Oxford's historic rooftops to the hills beyond.

Fees  £2,000 + VAT (This includes the hire of the Blackwell hall) 

Capacity 100 standing

Availability 7pm – 11pm

Accessibility Access by lift from ground floor

Bodleian Library from the Weston Library roof terrace, Oxford




Lecture theatre

Situated on the ground floor of the Weston Library, the lecture theatre has comfortable tiered seats with soft-fold tables. 


9am – 5pm (includes
A roped off area in Blackwell hall for refreshments & lunch) - £150 per hour + VAT

9am – 12am - £100 + VAT (plus the cost of Blackwell Hall)

Capacity 117 seated

Availability Between 8.30am and 4.30pm the lecture theatre can be hired on its own; after 5pm, the lecture theatre can only be booked with the Blackwell Hall.

Accessibility Fully accessible on ground floor

Facilities Soft-fold tables and power sockets, audio-visual systems and free Wi-Fi

Students during a lecture at the Bodleian Libraries' Lecture Theatre, Oxford



Contact us to start planning your event

If you would like to book an appointment with a member of the Bodleian's Events team, please complete the form below and one of our staff members will be in touch.