Law Library Refurbishment Project


Planning approval for the next stage of the St Cross Building refurbishment project was granted in June 2015.

This entailed a very considerable amount of work in & to the Law Library that was carried out mainly through 2016 and is mostly complete.

As a result there was a considerable re-arrangement of the open shelf collections in the Law Library. You might like to consult the new Floor Plans in advance of your visit - although these plans are displayed as wall posters at strategic places on all floors, and of course you are welcome to ask a member of staff for directions once in the library.

There was also a number of new spaces created within the Library, information about these can be found on our New Library Spaces page.

If you are interested in the basic timeline of the renovations then see below or we also maintained a renovation blog  to inform readers of progress - and the odd problem.

Basic timeline of the renovations

Hilary &
Trinity Terms 2015
Consultation with Law Faculty on proposed withdrawals: completed.
Transfer of selected US law reports, pre-2000 US law journals & foreign dissertations to BSF: completed.  Please consult our blog if you need to consult transferred material.
Long Vacation

Building works next to main Reading Room to start in mid-August. Noise may affect readers.
The Baker & McKenzie Room will no longer be available for use.
Extra closed days (for builders to be able to power ahead): to include at least Saturday 22 August, from Fri 28 August to Mon 31 August (both inclusive), & Saturday 5 September.
Follow link for further news on our blog.

Michaelmas Term
Normal library services to continue in BLL - exact locations for inductions and tutorials will be advised.
Later in MT, Level 1 secondary collection will be re-located to new open access area on Level 0.
Christmas Vacation 2015-2016
Legislation and law reports from non-British Isles jurisdictions will be temporarily relocated to an open access area on the lower level of the Bodleian Gladstone Link.
Hilary Term
Normal library services to continue in BLL. Sections of Level 1 will be closed off to readers. Freshfields Room & Graduate Reading Room to be relocated to Level 0.
Carrels in the Wing areas will be vacated.
Work will start relocating the current collections held in the Wings - international law (public & private), jurisprudence, Roman, General & Comparative, and Criminology. Also the secondary collection held in the GRR on Level 1.
Easter Vacation
Some noisy demolition works in the Wing stack areas.
Trinity Term
Reader access to the BLL will continue as normal to most areas. Details will be updated here & on blog as soon as possible.
Long Vacation

Late June - end of September 2016.
Major demolition & building works: there will be noisy work throughout the vacation.
Even when the Library is open there will be restricted access to certain areas.  

From (& including) Saturday 6 August until (& including) Friday 16 September the Library will be closed. Law Library staff will be operating a service from the neighbouring Bodleian Social Science Library, Manor Road Building, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UQ. 


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