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Bodleian Library at Oxford University - one of the oldest in Europe and the largest in Britain. Library founded Bishop Thomas de Cobham at the turn of 13-14 centuries. Thanks to the efforts of the Duke of Gloucester in 1410, she transferred to the University of disposal. The famous scientist and diplomat Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602 donated to the library private collection of books and manuscripts, with the help of the collection was housed in apartments more advanced. For many years Sir Bodley, after whom the library got its name, took care of her replenishment books from different countries. In subsequent centuries were built new premises of the library complex. Radcliffe Camera - amazing architectural masterpiece in the Palladian style, was erected in the mid-18th century and is a symbol of the Bodleian Library.
Library at Oxford University is one of six in the UK, with the right to receive a specimen copy of all publishers. In general, the library holds more than 11 million copies. Literature not handed out, you can only use books in the reading rooms. When writing to the library every reader pronounces the oath, which promises not to spoil the books and property. Now the oath provided in writing in any language. The reading rooms are allowed to use cameras and hand-held scanners. In the Bodleian Library conducted tour, during which you can get acquainted with its history and see ancient artifacts.
Hours: Monday to Friday - from 9 to 22 pm, Saturday - from 10 to 16, Sunday - from 11 to 17 hours. Oxford is located 90 kilometers north-west of London. From London Paddington Station every 30 minutes a direct train runs.