24 July 2007
The Bodleian Library is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support of the Wolfson Foundation CURL Libraries Programme, we shall soon be remodelling the Proscholium in the Old Bodleian Library, a development made possible by the relocation of the Bodleian to make significant improvements to the access and security arrangements in the historic buildings of the Bodleian Library. This will include the better management of the flow of readers and visitors within the Bodleian.
In addition to the renovation of the Proscholium itself, the project envisions the integration of book reserves, enquiries, photocopying and IT workstation areas into a single location for each reading room, to be sited close to reading room entrances. Book deliveries will be made direct to reserve shelving, reducing overall retrieval times. Reader circulation will be simplified and wayfinding and signage will be greatly improved.
The project will consist of three phases:
- Proscholium renovation – Completed by July 2008
- Upper Reading Room – Remodelled Summer 2008
- Lower Reading Room – Remodelled Summer 2009
An exhibition of the proposals for renovation will be mounted in the Proscholium during Michaelmas Term. The Bodleian Library will welcome comments on the proposals and the public and readers will be invited to join in the consultation process.