Oxford City Council has approved the University’s planning permission application to build the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
The approval from the city councillors allows the University to start construction on the centre later this year ahead of its opening in 2025. The centre will boost teaching and research in the humanities at Oxford University and provide them with a new home which brings together seven faculties, the Institute for Ethics in AI, the Oxford Internet Institute, and a new library. It will also house a full suite of high-quality exhibition and performance spaces, allowing public audiences to engage more deeply with the University. The centre will be a model for the essential role of the humanities in helping the world to confront some of the most pressing questions and challenges it faces today.
The library will be at the heart of the Schwarzman Centre supporting readers across the division, especially in English, Film Studies, History of Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Theology as well as Internet Studies. It will be the first major addition to the Bodleian Libraries in the 21st century.