Study Spaces

All desks in the reading rooms have their own power sockets and adjustable lighting. Each has a Bodleian Readers’ Chair, selected by students who had used the Weston Library, for which the chair was created.

Reading Rooms

Beckwith Reading Room (Lower Ground Floor)

In this bright and airy reading room you’ll find desks in groups of four where you can study quietly with the camaraderie of fellow students. Or if you’d prefer a quiet nook, there are also desks tucked behind the bookshelves to the left.

Ground Floor Reading Room

If you’re looking for a studious atmosphere with tall windows and under a high ceiling, this reading room is for you, with groups of desks beyond the bookshelves.

First Floor Reading Room

Quiet nooks between the bookshelves can be found in this reading room, with views out of the beautiful windows made for gazing in contemplation.

Huscher Reading Room (Second Floor)

Further study spaces can be found tucked under the ornate Victorian ceiling, with groups of desks and cosy nooks to choose from.

Casual and Group Spaces


There is plenty of casual seating in the foyer as you enter the library. Unlike the reading rooms, here you can stop to have a snack, take a phone call, or have a chat. Study or take a well-earned break.

Breakout Room

At the end of the Beckwith Reading Room you’ll find the Breakout Room with casual seating. Slide the soundproof door closed and this room can be used for group work and discussions.

Richard Rive Seminar Room

This is a bookable room used for seminars and tutorials. If the room is free during staffed hours, library staff can give you impromptu access to use the room for group study or video calls.

Outdoor Spaces

Longwall Quad

The courtyard leading down to the library’s entrance is lined with planted beds and low stone walls for sitting, studying and socialising.


On warmer and brighter days, the courtyard opposite the foyer will be open for you to use to take a break or study in the sunshine.