Move of the HFL 2012

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

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.

Listed Building Consent for improvements to the Old Library and Radcliffe Camera has now been granted and work in the Old Library and the Upper Camera will now proceed with a target completion date of 28 September 2012.Architectural drawings of the proposed alterations to the Radcliffe Camera can be viewed online (PDF).
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.
As the move comes to an end in 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 ( 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

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