Venue and Travel

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The 2017 conference will take place in Keble College, University of Oxford. The ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford is synonymous with the famous University, with Town and Gown inextricably interwoven for over 800 years. Oxford University is the oldest in the English-speaking world, with teaching recorded in 1096, though it only began to develop in 1167. Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages.

The Bodleian Libraries is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. It consists of 29 libraries across Oxford including major research libraries, faculty, department and institute libraries, as well as the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years. First opened to scholars in 1602,the Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and incorporates an earlier library built by the University in the 15th century. The Bodleian Libraries now collectively hold more than 12 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals as well as outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera.


Venue address: Keble College Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PG T: 01865 272789


The conference and accommodation is at Keble College. It was founded in 1870 and is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.  It is situated on the northern edge of Oxford city centre, just off Banbury Road and the northern end of St Giles. It is opposite the University Museum and University Parks and is within walking distance of the train and bus stations.

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Travel by air

From London Heathrow:

Take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You will need to buy your ticket (£25 return) with cash from the driver. View more information and timetables. Catch the coach from:

Central Bus Station (Terminals 1,2, and 3) – stand 15

Terminal 5 – Stand 10 at the arrivals concourse

From London Gatwick:

Take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You will need to buy your ticket (£37 return) with cash from the driver. View more information and timetables. Catch the coach from:

South Terminal – Lower forecourt Stands 1&2

North Terminal – Lower forecourt Stands 4&5

From London Stansted:

Take the National Express 757 coach service

Keble College is a 10 minute walk from Oxford Bus Station. View map


Travel by train

Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (Oxford station NOT Oxford Parkway). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For details and to plan your journey, see National Rail Enquiries.

Keble College is a 15 minute walk from Oxford Train Station. View map


Travel by coach

There are two frequent 24-hour direct services between Oxford and London, the X90 and the Oxford Tube. Both get very full during peak commuting time (7-9am and 5-7pm) so if you are travelling during these times it is advisable to either book, or to catch the coach from the first stop on the route.

For information on coaches from other major cities and airports, contact National Express.

The central bus station is at Gloucester Green in the city centre.  Keble College is a 10 minute walk. View map


Parking in Oxford

Many Oxford streets are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. No parking can be offered at any of the Conference Venues. If you are disabled and need to use a car for transport, please contact



There are taxi ranks at Oxford Train Station, Gloucester Green Bus Station and St Giles’ in the city centre.  Keble College is a 5 minute taxi ride from the Train and Bus Stations.




Photo credits

Oxford April CC-BY Tejvan Pettinger

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