Project information

Key features

  • Three reading rooms for the consultation of special collections (rare books, manuscripts, archives, music, maps)
  • New research facilities (including support for digital scholarship)
  • New teaching facilities (seminar rooms, lecture theatre)
  • Improved conservation laboratories
  • State-of-the-art storage for Bodleian Libraries' valuable special collections
  • Enhanced public access through exhibitions and lectures. From March 2015, a new entrance colonnade on the south side of the building off of Broad Street will welcome visitors and scholars into a new central public space.

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Project aims

  • to create high-quality storage for the Libraries' valuable special collections, which include the rare and unique manuscripts, books and maps that the Bodleian preserves for the international world of scholarship;
  • to develop the Libraries' space for the support of advanced research;
  • to expand public access to our great treasures through new exhibition galleries and other facilities (a selection of our most valuable special collections items which will be housed and exhibited in the Weston Library can be viewed on our Treasures online exhibition).

 Everything you need to know about the refurbishment including project objectives and architectural plans.

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
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