Public consultation on proposed alterations and improvements to the Old Bodleian and Radcliffe Camera (consultation period extended to 1 December)

18 July 2012

The consultation period for the plans to modify the Radcliffe Camera has been extended through 1 December 2012 (the end of Michaelmas Term). The Bodleian Libraries welcome comments on the programme to improve access to the Lower Camera, to provide new library services in the Upper Camera, and to reconfigure some service areas within the Old Bodleian Library. The Bodleian Libraries will be holding an extraordinary meeting of the Curators of the University Libraries in the coming weeks to consider whether or not to seek Listed Building Consent, and will take under consideration comments received through the consultation. However, even if Listed Building Consent is received, the Bodleian may decide, depending on user feedback, to defer implementing selected aspects of the proposed programme. For example, it is likely that the existing entrance to the Radcliffe Camera will remain open in Michaelmas Term 2012, even if a new ground level access is created. The Curators of the University Libraries will provide an update on plans following their extraordinary meeting. 

The plans address four separate initiatives:
  1. changes that are part of the relocation of the History Faculty Library;
  2. modifications that are necessary to permit access to the Lower Camera by those with impaired mobility;
  3. improvements in the circulation of readers that provide an enhanced enviroment for security; 
  4. creation of a consolidated service desk and other improvements to reader services in the Old Bodleian as part of Phase II of the Underground Bookstore/Old Bodleian project begun in summer 2011.
If you would like to provide feedback on the plans - to be considered as part of the consultation - please email Please also email us with any questions or requests for further information.

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