The Gladstone Link, a new area for readers, opened on 5 July 2011. The Link connects the Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera reader spaces and is accessible from both these buildings. It allows the Bodleian to offer more flexibility in how readers use the library spaces, and it changes the way material circulates around the Central Bodleian complex. The improvements enable greater access for library readers and visitors with limited mobility as well as supporting improved access to books and services. The Gladstone Link project included:
- Refurbishment of the Underground Bookstore, under Radcliffe Square, into two floors of openstack library space for readers and opening up the tunnel (now known as the Gladstone Link) that connects the Radcliffe Camera and the Old Bodleian main building.
- Installing a platform lift between the Underground Bookstore and the Lower Radcliffe Camera Reading Room to provide access for disabled readers and to facilitate book deliveries.
- Installing a lift in the Old Bodleian to accommodate passengers and to transport books.
- Adjusting the paving level in the Old Schools Quadrangle to facilitate book delivery and disabled access.
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