Completed Projects

  • Book Moves  From October 2010 to December 2011, the Bodleian Libraries relocated over 7 million items to the Book Storage Facility in Swindon. 
  • Barcoding Project As part of the Bodleian Librariesí Inventory Control Project, the Barcoding Project used mobile scanners to barcode approximately 192 km of material (nearly 7 million items). The project was critical to the management of our collections and will enable a more efficient delivery system of books and manuscripts to readers.
  • Book Storage Facility  The £26-million Book Storage Facility (BSF), capable of holding 8.4 million volumes on 153 miles of shelving, was officially opened on Thursday, 7 October 2010. The BSF houses millions of low-use items previously held in the Bodleian bookstack and other remote stores. The material is available for request to any Bodleian Reading Rooms via twice daily deliveries to Oxford from the BSF. 
  • Gladstone Link (previously Underground Bookstore)  The Gladstone Link opened to readers on Tuesday 5 July 2011 following redevelopment building work from August 2010 to April 2011 in the Camera and Old Library. Areas in the Radcliffe Camera have been enhanced so as to provide additional open access stacks for readers, housing high-use and in-demand items. The project also links the Camera and Old Bodleian through the refurbishment of the Gladstone Link. Disabled access to both libraries has been improved. 
  • Old Schools Quadrangle repaving  As part of the Underground Bookstore and Old Bodleian Library Access Project, work to raise the level of the Old School Quadrangle took place from December 2010 - May 2011 and is now completed. 
  • Bodleian Law Library  In October 2010, the opening of a new reading room on the ground floor of the St Cross Building marked the move of The Official Papers collection to the Bodleian Law Library as well as increased space and reader facilities. Over 2500 metres of material were moved, ten new reader places made available, wireless installed as well as power for laptops and a computer for consultation.
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