The Clore Library

The beautiful Clore Library was originally built in 1320. Thanks to the generosity of Thomas Cobham, who was the Bishop of Worcester from 1317 to 1327, the library was constructed to house the first University Library. It is also the room in which the charity OXFAM (the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief) met for the first time in 1942. The space affords stunning views of Radcliffe Square and is available for private hire during the day or in the evening. 


Built in 1320 to house the original University Library, this beautiful space has been recently renovated and features a fine early sixteenth century roof. Offering unparalleled views of Radcliffe Square, this space is available to hire for lectures, seminars, conferences, and drinks receptions for a maximum of 60 people. The space is suitable for private dining and wedding receptions for up to 48 people. The room is upstairs but a lift is available and accessible from the downstairs entrance.

Tables and chairs can be set up in boardroom, theatre, hollow square, U-shape and classroom styles. Audio-visual equipment is also available to hire.

If you would like to hire this space, please contact the University Church directly on: or call 01865 279110. For catered events, we will put you in touch with the relevant caterer.