The Library

Built in 1857 and originally the Society’s debating chamber, the Oxford Union Old Library is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world and a striking example of Victorian architecture. The murals adorning its walls were painted by William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and retain the stunning vibrancy typical of Pre-Raphaelite art.

You can explore our Library, and the Pre-Raphaelite murals, through the Virtual Library Tour here.

Our collection in the Library are chosen by Union members, and can be viewed on Oxford Libraries SOLO.

Opening Hours

Term time

Monday to Friday 09:30 – 19:00

Saturday 11:00 – 17:00


Monday to Friday 09:30 – 17:00



Non-Members Visiting the Old Library

We welcome visitors to the Old Library who wish to view the murals or simply have a look around.

For small groups of up to 5 there is no need to book ahead. For larger groups and tour groups, please email with proposed visitor numbers, date, and time.

There is a charge of £3 per person, increasing to £5 per person should you also wish to view the debate chamber as part of your visit (subject to availability).

For more information please email: or call 01865 951073

For questions pertaining to the Union’s records and archives, please contact:

The Old Library in 1909
The Old Library today