4 June 2013
Following final confirmation of funding, building work will be taking place in the Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera during the Long Vacation.
Old Bodleian Library – work likely to begin on 17 June
- Re-flooring the Upper Reading Room to provide a quieter working environment;
- Re-lighting the Lower Reading Room to provide a better and quieter working environment and to be more energy efficient;
- Modifications to and closure of the Lower Reserve to provide additional capacity for open shelf material and seating for readers;
- Setting up a Self-Collect Reserve in the Reference Room to allow readers direct access to stack material;
- Re-purposing the Photocopying Area in the Upper Reading Room to provide an expanded Mediated Reserve.
Radcliffe Camera – work likely to begin in August
- Creation of a new entrance to the Radcliffe Camera in Bay 4 of the Lower Camera to provide easy disabled access to the building and to improve security and circulation of material;
- Modifications to the central carousels in both the Upper and Lower Camera to provide additional seating;
- Setting up a Self-Collect Reserve in the Lower Camera to allow readers direct access to stack material.
There will be some noise and minor disruption associated with these projects but it is intended to confine works to one building at a time as far as possible. Work in the Old Bodleian Library is likely to begin on 17 June. Work in the Radcliffe Camera is likely to begin in August and end in mid September. It will be necessary to close the Lower Camera for a period of five weeks but we expect to maintain services and provide staff mediated access to all open shelf material throughout these works. Further detailed information about arrangements and the schedule of works will be advertised soon.