11 December 2014
Global electronics manufacturer Samsung has announced significant support to the Bodleian Libraries that will enhance the visitor and reader experience at the recently redeveloped Weston Library.
As part of Samsung's substantial support of technology in the Weston Library, the company is providing state-of-the-art hardware and bespoke software in eight key areas that will allow users of the library to interact digitally with the collections and exhibits, as well as access expert advice.
The Weston Library, formerly known as the New Bodleian, has been extensively renovated to improve public access to the Bodleian's national and international treasures, and to create a new home for the Library's special collections, including rare books, medieval manuscripts and major political archives. The building will now include exhibition galleries, a café and shop, and will open to the public in March 2015.
Samsung's generous gift will help create an interactive experience that brings the Bodleian's unique collections to life. In addition to providing digital signage and interactive touch-screens for the public areas of the Weston Library Samsung's donation includes digital screens and this customised digital technology will help guide students, researchers and academics as they use the Library's three reading rooms. Samsung have also donated tablet devices for loan which will offer a flexible service to suit the mobile needs of readers.
Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK, said: 'Samsung is delighted to be working with the University of Oxford, which is synonymous with academic excellence and unrivalled scientific research. Samsung has a long tradition of supporting innovation through its leading edge technology and this is the latest example of how the installation of our products and customised software can sustain the libraries heritage for future generations to come.'
Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, said: 'Samsung's generous gift will transform the way that visitors interact with the University of Oxford's world-class special collections. We are grateful for their professional collaboration and are excited to see how their technology will benefit the students, scholars and members of the public who use the new Weston Library.'