In preparation for the reopening of the New Bodleian as the Weston Library, a large proportion of special collections material has been moved and the reading room provision temporarily divided between two locations:
- Special Collections Reading Room (SCRR) at the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL)
- Duke Humfrey's Library
Note: The temporary SCRR at the RSL can become very busy at times. In order to ensure a reading space, prospective readers are encouraged, if possible, to book in advance of their visit. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning +44 (0)1865 277046.
Current collection moves
- Rhodes House to Book Storage Facility (BSF) Feb 2013–July 2014
Printed material from the Rhodes House stack is currently being moved to the Bodleian's Book Storage Facility (BSF). This will provide the necessary space to carry out vital work on archival and manuscript collections in preparation for our forthcoming relocation to the Weston Library in 2014. The move began in February 2013 and is due to be completed in July 2014.
Material is available to order through the stack request system throughout this transition period, although readers may experience a short delay if the item they require is in transit. Please note the delivery time for items from the BSF is typically 24 hours.
Access to archival and manuscript material will not be affected by this move.
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Book moves: August 2014 onwards
From August 2014, we will begin moving material into the restored building. Our goal is to transfer our collections safely with minimal disruption to users. During the process, some items may be temporarily unavailable. We do not anticipate that any holdings from our collection will be out of circulation for more than two weeks at a time.
More information will be provided as the timeframe becomes more established and details clarified.
Planned collection moves in 2014
- Rhodes House to Weston Library Aug 2014–Sept 2014
- Open shelf moves Aug 2014–Sept 2014
- Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) to Weston Library Sept 2014–Mar 2015
- Maps and John Johnson Collection to Weston Library Oct 2014–Nov 2014
- University Archives to Weston Library Mar 2015–Apr 2015
- Conservative Party Archive to Weston Library Apr 2015–May 2015
- BSF to Weston Library May 2015–Aug 2016
- Special Collections Move Q&A
- Special Collections & Western Manuscripts
- Weston FAQs (information about the renovation)
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Thank you for your patience as we progress these major projects.