UPDATED Moves of Special Collections

Architect's impression of Weston Library reading room.15 May 2014

The Bodleian Libraries are completing their renovation of the New Bodleian building, which will reopen to readers and researchers as the Weston Library - the new home for the Bodleianís special collections.  

The facility will open in phases from late September 2014. Special collections materials will begin moving into the restored building from early September 2014.

The reading room in Rhodes House (Commonwealth and African collections) will close on Friday 12 September 2014. The services for Commonwealth and African collections will reopen in The Charles Wendell David Reading Room together with services for Oriental manuscripts and rare books on Monday 22 September 2014.

The special collections services currently delivered from the temporary Special Collections Reading Room at the Radcliffe Science Library and the maps and music service (currently in Duke Humfrey's Library) will close on Friday 19 September 2014. The services for western manuscripts and rare books and for maps will open in the Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts Reading Room and for music in the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room on Monday 29 September 2014.

Duke Humfrey's Library will close on Friday 19 September 2014 and reopen on Monday 13 October 2014, maintaining its current opening hours. It will continue to function as an invigilated reading room supporting higher-level studies in the Humanities. Historic open-shelf material will remain in situ and be transferred for consultation in the Weston Library as required, along with other special collections materials.

When the reading rooms transfer, many collections will take longer to reach reading rooms than normal. Readers intending to visit the Bodleian to consult special collections should plan carefully to ensure relevant material is made available for their visit.

During the moves, 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.

Lists of transferred and readily accessible collections will be published on the website www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston-moves as the moves progress.

For further information please contact:

E-mail: access.sc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 01865 277046

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