As the University of Oxford aims to lead the world in research and education, so the Bodleian Libraries aim to support the University in its mission by providing a world-leading library service.

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society.

Strategy 2017-22

The Bodleian Libraries' newest Strategy sets out a vision for the Bodleian Libraries, serves as an articulation of our priorities; a guide to strategic decision-making for Bodleian Libraries management; and an expression of our special place in the world of education, research support and cultural heritage.

The Bodleian Libraries' Strategy 2017-22 has been developed through a dialogue with our community and developed after a year of wide-ranging consultation and engagement with our stakeholders - including staff, readers and the academic community about the evolving environment we operate within, the challenges we face in the immediate future, and what our priorities should be to make best use of our available resources.

This Strategy takes effect from 1 August 2017.

Download PDF version of the Strategy 2017-22 here.

 Image of the cover of the Strategy 2017-22

Previous Strategic Plans


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