Reading rooms

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The Bodleian Library is composed of a number of separate buildings and offers readers seven reading rooms to work in. Details and the subject focus of each of the reading rooms is listed below. 

**Please note that the Bodleian Library is undergoing a number of building projects which aim to improve the facilities and services we offer to readers. Details of the individual projects and any scheduled disruption are available here.** 

Special Collections Reading Rooms

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room in the Weston Library is for readers of medieval and modern manuscripts and archives, Oxford University archives, rare books, printed ephemera, and maps.

The Charles Wendell David Reading Room in the Weston Library is for readers of oriental manuscripts, oriental rare books, and Commonwealth and African archives.

The Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room in the Weston Library is for readers of music materials.
 

Printed Book Reading Rooms

The Gladstone Link offers readers a different and more flexible environment to work in. Furniture of various types, and group study tables in corners or behind acoustic screens, offer the opportunity for group work and quiet discussion as well as for independent study. Though not a reading room in the traditional sense, this new reader space links the Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera, increasing the size of the collection available on open access and the number of study places. It houses material from remote storage shown to be used regularly by readers, as well as a section of new acquisitions, offering access to the majority of the last three years of the Library's acquisitions in Humanities. These items can now be accessed directly and no longer need to be ordered from closed stacks. The Gladstone Link also houses the Personal Development Collection, inspired and donated by Mr. Po Chung.

Since the recent re-location of the History Faculty Library into the Radcliffe Camera, the Upper level of the Gladstone Link also house some of the History Faculty Library's main lending collection, which begins in the Lower Camera Reading Room.

The Lower Camera Reading Room holds the beginning of the History Faculty Library's main lending collection, which continues in the Gladstone Link. 

The Lower Reading Room is the principal reading room for all those studying Classics and Ancient History, Theology (including Patristics) and Philosophy. It is also home to open shelf General Reference material and the Bodleian Library's Main Enquiry Desk.

The Upper Camera Reading Room holds the Bodleian teaching collection for History and English, including some material on the History of Art and Archaeology, as well as its open shelf collection of Film Studies materials. It also holds the History Faculty Library's Undergraduate Set Text reference collection. It is where History Faculty Library's new staff office is located.

The Upper Reading Room is the principal research reading room for access to printed books published after 1640 in the subject fields of Medieval and Modern History, History of Science, English Language and Literature.

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