Reading Around Oxford

Reading Around Oxford

During a recent visit to see family down south, I made a trip to Oxford. My sister suggested I visit a couple of the books shops in town. How could I say no?

Bodleian Library Gift Shop

I started the day with some sightseeing, including St. Mary’s Church, Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library…. well the gift shop. I wasn’t able to get tickets for the full Bodleian tour this trip, but will definitely be coming back for this. I love museum gift shops! I have even been known to visit the shop and bypass the museum!

The gifts on offer were varied and unusual. They had some great book displays and I especially like how they made use of old card catalogue drawers. The children’s books were beautifully displayed and included several unknown titles. I will look out for these in the future.

Bodleian Library Gift Shop Book Display


I visited Blackwell’s first. The children’s section is on the ground floor and they have a wonderful collection of books. I could have spent hours browsing through the shelves. Instead, I collected the books below, excited to read some books on my long list!

Blackwell Shop Front Oxford


After finishing up at Blackwell’s, I wandered down to Waterstones also on Broad Street. It has a large children’s section with a diverse collection of books. Like at Blackwell’s I spent some time browsing the shelf. I collected the books below to read and add to Children’s Library Lady.

Waterstones Shop Front Oxford

I was going to end the day visiting the Oxfordshire County Library. This wasn’t possible as they were moving to their new space in the recently opened Westgate Centre. Just means I have to visit Oxford again soon.

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