'Window of Korea' project marks first anniversary of renewed partnership

28 October 2019

2018 saw the completion of an exciting five-year project, 'Window on Korea', initially launched on 21 June 2013. 

Director General Kim of the National Library of Korea and Bodley’s Librarian (the Director of the Bodleian) Richard Ovenden

The project – a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the National Library of Korea – involved the creation of a seminar room and a new Korean Studies Library section at the University’s Oriental Institute Library. As part of the project the National Library of Korea also committed to an initial donation of 3,000 books and further donations of 200 volumes to the Bodleian Libraries each year.

In 2018 the National Library of Korea kindly offered to renew the project and a new MOU signing took place with Director General Kim of the National Library of Korea and Bodley’s Librarian (the Director of the Bodleian) Richard Ovenden OBE to extend the 'Window on Korea' project for another five years (2018 - 2022).

2019 marks the first anniversary of this renewed partnership and an opportunity to consider the impact of this project. Along with the incredibly valuable new Korean Studies Library section in the Oriental Institute, the collections have been expanded and selected Korean materials (reference, newspapers, teaching, audio visual and research materials) have been brought into one location at the Bodleian’s Oriental Institute, where Korean courses are also taught. This project has boosted Oxford's Korean holdings, making the Bodleian Libraries a primary holder of Korean materials in the UK and in Europe, and has underpinned a flowering of Korean Studies in Oxford.

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