History of the Libraries

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Read about the history of the Bodleian Libraries


sir HughThe Cairns Library was named after the first Nuffield Professor of Surgery Sir Hugh Cairns. He was a key figure in the development of neurosurgery as a speciality, the formation of the University of Oxford Medical School, and the treatment of head injuries during the Second World War. The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has information about his life and work. Further information including an MP3 audio clip is available from the ABC network. The Cairns library is located in the John Radcliffe Hospital.


The Knowledge Centre is part of the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) which opened 2008 and is a purpose built, state of the art facility located in Headington, Oxford. The Old Road Campus is home to the Churchill Hospital including its new £100m cancer hospital.


The Girdlestone Memorial Library is situated in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC). The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre has been treating patients with bone and joint problems for more than 80 years and has a world-wide reputation for excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. The Library became part of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries in 2015 after being an NHS library for many years.


The Horton Library is situated in the Education Centre of the Horton Hospital in Banbury. The Horton General Hospital serves the growing population in the north of Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.  The library became part of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries in 2015.


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