Visiting the Library

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Viewing the murals

The murals and ceiling may be viewed at any time when the Library is open. There is a charge of £3 per person for visitors who are not members of the Oxford Union Society. This is a self-guided tour.

To make the most of your visit, try our audio guide.  For an additional £3 per person, this 20-minute tour introduces you to the fascinating history of the Oxford Union murals and the artists who painted them.  If you wish you may download the guide to your MP3 player as a podcast.    

Postcards and a booklet about the murals are on sale in the library.  Photography is not permitted in the Old Library.

Group visits

Group visits (up to 25 people per group) are welcomed during University vacations  For an additional charge of £20 per group a short talk (approx. 30-45 minutes) on the history of the murals can be provided.   

During the University term groups may visit on a self-guided basis, but we are unable to offer talks on the murals during library open hours. 

Additionally in term time there may be scope to arrange group visits and talks outside normal Library opening hours.  Options are Saturday mornings between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon or weekdays (Mon-Fri) between 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.  Please ring the Library on 01865-241353 or email to find out more about this.

The Debating Chamber

The Debating Chamber was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (who was also the architect of the Cambridge Union buildings) and completed 1878.  Subject to availability, the Debating Chamber may be viewed on weekdays when the Union Library is open, between 9.30 am and 5 pm.  Please enter the main buildings and enquire at Library Reception.  There is a charge of £3 per person for visitors who are not members of the Oxford Union Society.

Full Union Tour

A tour of the Oxford Union including the Debating Chamber, the Old Library and the other rooms in the main buildings can be provided for groups (maximum group size 25 people). Tours are available on weekdays during Library open hours.

The cost of the full Union tour is £5.00 per person for admission to the Old Library and Debating Chamber, plus £20.00 per group for optional talk. 

Book a visit 

For further information or to book a visit, please get in touch with the following information:

  • Contact name, telephone number and/or email address
  • Interest in murals, Debating Chamber (or both), or full Union tour 
  • Date(s) of proposed visit(s)
  • Number of people in party
  • Talk on the murals required?  (additional charge of £20 per group) 

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