Temporary closure of the Proscholium

3 December 2008

With the Christmas vacation approaching, and appropriate listed building consent received, work on the Proscholium refurbishment is about to begin and will continue until Easter.

During the week beginning 8 December reader lockers and coat racks will be moved to a new area near the north stairs and various other enabling works will take place.

In order to maximise what can be achieved, and to schedule as much work as possible outside term, it has been decided to close the Proscholium completely from Thursday 11 December 2008 until Saturday 7 February 2009 (now delayed until Monday, 16 February). Readers will enter  the Library via the original reader entrance to the south staircase (used until the late 1960s) and via a staff door to the north staircase, although from time to time one or other of the entrances may be closed temporarily. Visitors will be directed into the Divinity School via the Wren Door. All entrances will be clearly signed.

The work which will be carried out over the Christmas vacation will be particularly noisy since the contractors will be drilling through concrete to allow new services to be installed and it is likely to make working in the Old Library reading rooms, especially Duke Humfrey's Library, uncomfortable. Readers are advised, where possible, to plan their work so that they minimise the use of these reading rooms during this period, and staff will be happy to transfer bookstack material to reading rooms other than those in the Old Bodleian Library on request.

The refurbished Proscholium should be completed in Spring 2009. We apologise for this short-term inconvenience whilst improvements are made to this beautiful space.

If you have any comments or queries about the project or access to the Library during this period, please contact reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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