Take the Bodleian Library’s Oath in English and Latin
Before you may enter the reading rooms of Oxford University’s venerable Bodleian Library, as our Levenger Press editor has done, you must first recite the centuries-old Bodleian Oath — these days in English, but in past times in Latin. Part of what you promise is not to smoke or set fire to the place or damage the treasured books (some dating to the 16th century). We’ve brought back a bit of the Bodleian reading room for you, with this sturdy canvas book bag that features the oath in both Latin and English. Semper observaturum!
- Book bag features Bodleian Library’s oath in English and Latin
Sturdy cotton canvas folds perfectly flat for travel
Story label inside the bag with the Bodleian Library logo
14W x 17 1/2H
Made in the United Kingdom
Here's the Bodleian Oath in full (the English version):
I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.
Thank you for doing good in the world of reading
When you purchase this Levenger Partnering for Good product, know that you're doing good in the world for readers. Through this program, we support the libraries, museums and other cherished institutions that nurture reading.