History Faculty Library Move

Service improvements and other changes to the History Faculty Library, Radcliffe Camera, Gladstone Link and Upper Reading Room

10 September 2012 update - please visit the HFL move page for the latest details

Overall scheme

In March 2012 the Curators of the University Libraries endorsed the proposal to transfer the collections, services and staff of the History Faculty Library (HFL) to new locations in the Radcliffe Camera and the Gladstone Link. This decision followed a period of consultation across the University.  It has also suggested some slight amendments to the earlier plans to reorganise the reading rooms in the Old Library and to consolidate service points, work which was postponed from last year.
The proposed move takes forward the Bodleian's strategy of providing enhanced services at consolidated service points. The principal benefits of the move arise from the significant savings on space charges: for Humanities, this means termtime Sunday opening of the Camera and the Old Bodleian (for the latter, beginning in the Michaelmas Term 2012); for History, an increase in the annual acquisitions budget. The move also means that History Faculty Library staff will be able to concentrate on providing subject-specialist services.
The details of the move are being finalized and the move/transfer of items took place in the summer of 2012, and further changes continue through September. We will be providing frequent updates on the move on both the main Bodleian website and, laterally, the History Faculty Library website.  We have also contacted individual reader groups and stakeholders, to provide more detailed updates as well as notifying readers in situ through signage and notices.  
As the move comes to an end this autumn we will begin to look at some of the solutions for making the best use of the new space, such as trialling ‘priority seating’ for History students using Set Texts as well as providing lockers and desks to which laptops may be secured.  Again, information on these initiatives will be included in our communications.

Contact the HFL (library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) for enquiries relating to disruption in the HFL.

If you experience any difficulty or are concerned about a future visit in the Bodleian Library, please contact members of staff at service points or send a message to reader.services@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.


  • Isabel Holowaty
    Email the History Librarian if you have any queries or concerns.

Top Tips

  • Search SOLO for location of stock whichmight have been moved
  • Contact HFL staff if you have a deadline in August or September
    Library staff can help hold back material urgently needed
  • Search for alternative e-copies in online resources such as SOLO's ebooks, Google Books, archive.org or Gallica
    These are excellent sources for locating e-copies of 19th & 20th century books

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