17 September 2009
A groundbreaking ceremony, which will launch the start of work on the Bodleian Library’s new book storage facility on the outskirts of Swindon, will take place today.
Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Dr John Hood and Bodley’s Librarian and director of Oxford University Library Services Sarah Thomas will be giving speeches at the ceremony as well as Swindon Borough Council Leader Cllr Roderick Bluh.
Other attendees include several senior members of the University and Swindon Borough Council as well as contractors for the site.
Dr Sarah Thomas said: ‘With a modern storage facility for its extensive collections under construction, the Bodleian is now entering an exciting phase of development of services. The book storage facility will be the catalyst for improved management of its collections and the transformation of the New Bodleian into a special collections library and public galleries.’
The new book storage facility will house predominantly low-demand items from the Library’s collections, many of which have electronic copies available. As a result, the facility is expected to fulfill approximately 200,000 requests per year, which is a reduction of more than 50 per cent over its previously anticipated use. Located in South Marston, the facility is 28 miles from Oxford, on a direct route to the city.