We were told to visit Weston Library Oxford when we left the Divinity School, which is reviewed here. Both are now part of the Bodleian library but Weston Library is the most vibrant part.
There’s cafe in the main foyer, as well as the entrance to the two exhibition spaces and some pop-up displays. You’ll also find a cool printing press.
When we visited there were two exhibitions. One was “Talking Maps” and the other was “Thinking 3D”. Whilst I thought these were both really interesting, they weren’t really child-focused exhibitions. That, of course, is completely fine but it does make Weston Library less relevant for a family review blog! They did have some cool 3D printed models, including a heart and a brain.
In the corridor there were also some interactive screens where you could choose different types of maps. These were world maps altered to represent relative sizes of numerous things. There was a map of the geographical focus of Donald Trump’s tweets that was quite interesting! You’d be surprised how little he mentions America! Australia and New Zealand aren’t even on the map!
Free entry. The exhibitions we visited were free, but some may be chargeable. Double check their website before visiting.
Parking / How to get there
Parking – There is some city centre parking but it is expensive and sometimes difficult to get a space. If possible use the park and ride. A family park and return ticket is £6.80.
How to get there – Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Follow the signs for the Bodleian libraries
On-site including baby change
There is a cafe on-site
Our Weston Library Oxford Review
For the general public it’s mainly a meeting and exhibition space. Those exhibitions vary so some will be more family friendly than others. It’s worth keeping an eye out to see what’s on though. Useful for the loos if you’re nearby!
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