Visit Bodleian Treasures in the Weston Library

Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs presents some of the best of the 12 million items in the Bodleian Libraries’ collections and will uniquely display these treasures in 24 pairs. Familiar icons of the Libraries’ extraordinary holdings will be shown alongside the less familiar, opening new avenues into the wealth of the Bodleian’s famous collections.

Credit: John Cairns

© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Credit: John Cairns


Some pairs show the influence of one book on another; some explore a similar theme, evoke a particular period, or provide a visual dimension to the display; others consider the very idea of a ‘treasure’. Rare books are joined together with manuscripts while modern ephemera sit alongside 400-year-old rolls, drawing out themes and unique stories that bring the pairs together.

The exhibition itself is open to the public in the Treasury of the Weston Library (map), 25 February 2016 – 19 February 2017. The exhibition will re-open with new treasures (including the Shikshapatri manuscript) in mid-March 2017.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

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