TAY-TABS reintegration/relocation project - update

At the end of Michaelmas Term 2015 the Modern Languages Faculty approved the reintegration of the Taylor Bodleian Slavonic & Modern Greek Library with the Taylor Institution Library. This will involve a considerable amount of work in both sites in order to prepare our collections and library spaces. The project is due for completion by the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2016.

It is Taylor Institution Library's current intention that the libraries remain open for as much of the time as is possible, but there will be occasions when reader access has to be restricted to certain areas. They aim to keep disruption to a minimum throughout the project.

However, readers and visitors are advised that there will be periods where books are unavailable, particularly during the Long Vacation (July-September). Please see below for details of closed periods and changes to service provision. If you are intending to visit either library during the summer, please contact the Taylor Institution Library in advance to check whether the books you wish to consult are available.

Key dates

Taylor Bodleian Slavonic & Modern Greek Library (TABS)

Monday 27 June-Friday 8 July TABS closes to readers to allow for transfer of Ground and First Floor material, office equipment and staff to TAY w/c 4th July. The Reference Collection, Periodicals, and Czech and Slovak Collection will be unavailable during this time. The Slavonic Undergraduate Collection and Greek & Byzantine Collection will be unavailable from this time until mid to late September.
Monday 11 July onwards Slavonic Reading Room opens in Room 3 of the Taylorian, with a selection of reference material and periodicals available to readers. Czech and Slovak material will be available in the TAY basement.
Monday 11 July-Friday 19 August TABS operates a restricted service in the TABS basement only. Readers can consult the basement Research Collection and remaining Special Collections by appointment only. Please contact tabs.readerservices@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to make an appointment.
Monday 22 August onwards TABS basement collections transferred to TAY during TAY Closed Period.

Taylor Institution Library (TAY)

Monday 27 June-Friday 8 July TAY basement closed to readers, staff will fetch material on request.
Monday 11 July onwards Slavonic Reading Room opens in Room 3 of the Taylorian, with a selection of reference material and periodicals available to readers. Czech and Slovak material will be available in the TAY basement.
Monday 22 August-Saturday 10 September TAY closed to readers.
Monday 12 September TAY reopens to readers with TABS collections integrated.

Collections

The Slavonic Undergraduate Collection and the Greek & Byzantine Collection will be unavailable from Monday 27 June until mid to late September.

To minimise disruption during the library move the loan periods for TABS graduate students and academic staff have been extended to Week 1 of Michaelmas term and the allowance of items has been doubled as follows:

  • Graduate, taught and research 24 items
  • Senior Members, ML and the other faculties 40 items

New library layout from Monday 12 September

We aim to have the Eastern and Western European collections organised as detailed below for reopening on Monday 12 September.

Basement

West Basement
  • B.Per (Basement periodicals)
  • Retained VET. material (in locked section of rolling stack)
North Basement
  • Slavonic undergraduate collection
Central Basement (including improved reading area)
  • TABS Research Collection, including Czech and Slovak
  • Remainder of TABS periodicals
  • Remainder of Modern Greek collection
  • German serials and oversize (as currently)
  • Celtic
South Basement
  • TABS Research Collection, including Czech and Slovak
Rare Books Room
  • Existing material being retained
  • TABS early books
  • Early material transferred from West Basement and Room 3

Ground Floor

Room 3
  • Slavonic Reading Room with selected reference material and periodicals
Room 10B
  • Selection of Modern Greek material
  • Reference material (multiple languages, transferred from West Basement)

First Floor

Room 16 (as a Graduate Study Room)
  • General Section (removed from Main Stack)
  • Additional material if suitable

Second Floor

Main Stack
  • W. European Library of Congress, old Spanish, French, Italian and German sequences (as currently)
  • Latin American (from North Basement)
  • Subjects from Central Basement eg Romanian, Portuguese, Francophone plus others (excluding German & Celtic)

Contact

If you have any questions about the reintegration please contact Frank Egerton, Taylor Operations Manager, in the first instance: frank.egerton@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

For enquiries specifically relating to Slavonic and Modern Greek collections, please contact the TABS Reader Services Supervisors: tabs.readerservices@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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