The RSL’s open-shelf collections for history of science, medicine and technology are to move to the Upper Reading Room, Bodleian Library, in the coming weeks and starting 18 June at the earliest. This affects books and periodicals from the old ‘Hist.’ sections. Lending copies from the former Hooke, Geography, Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology libraries will remain at RSL. The aim is to unite the dispersed history of science collections into one central location, which complements well the existing sections on intellectual and religious history. It is hoped that key European publications and sources will be added from the Book Storage Facility, Swindon, to form a comprehensive section of source materials and key critical literature. The History Faculty’s History of Science, Technology and Medicine Committee “strongly endorsed the move, and welcomed the constitution of a reference section in the history of science and allied fields as adding this dimension to historical and literary studies.”
It is hoped to complete this move with minimal disruption to RSL readers and that books will be unavailable for one day at the most.