Alexander Library of Ornithology temporary move to the Radcliffe Science Library

The Alexander Library of Ornithology is moving temporarily from the Tinbergen Building on South Parks Road and will be reopening in the Radcliffe Science Library from Monday 24 April 2017, the start of Trinity term 2017.

Following the University's decision to close the Tinbergen Building due to the presence of asbestos, there was an immediate need to find alternative accommodation for the Library. A review of spaces in which to rehouse the Library was made by the Bodleian Libraries and the most convenient and appropriate space was deemed to be the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL).

Image of the Tinbergen building, University of OxfordThe Alexander Library will be based for the time being in the Lankester room on Level 2 of the Radcliffe Science Library. The space will house the same collections, the same resources and will be supported by the same members of staff as previously. The room is larger and there is more desk space available for readers. Open-shelf material in the Alexander Library collection can now be consulted any time that the Radcliffe Science Library is open.

Open shelf material from the Alexander (including most of the book, journal and reprint collections) will be available for consultation during the normal opening hours of the RSL. Access to archive and rare book material is only possible at the following times:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 9.30am-2.10pm during school terms
  • Monday-Tuesday: 9.30am-5pm during school vacations

Requests to view this material should be made in advance to the Librarian by emailing at:

Items will be moved from the Tinbergen Building to the Radcliffe Science Library starting Monday 6 March. The move will last 3-4 weeks.

View the FAQ about the temporary move

The Libraries will plan for the long-term location of the Alexander Library, taking into consideration the project to redevelop the Radcliffe Science Library, the future location of the Department of Zoology and the views of students, the Department and other readers.

The Alexander Library of Ornithology is one of the foremost ornithological reference libraries in the world. It holds extensive collections of 19th, 20th and 21st century books, pamphlets and periodicals, and an archive of ornithological notebooks and diaries. It is an international resource with the collections covering ornithology, natural history, conservation, ecology and behaviour.

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