The Bodleian Libraries strive to provide access to the Libraries' collections to as wide an audience as possible. The Libraries run a diverse programme of exhibitions, public events, lectures, workshops and publications. The Libraries are also working to increase global digital access to our unique and rare collections.
Exhibitions and events
The Libraries offer a range of major exhibitions and smaller displays throughout the year. These are accompanied and supplemented by a programme of public lectures and events, from curator-led gallery talks to manuscript viewings to academic lectures based on Libraries’ material. For information on upcoming events and exhibitions, please see our What's on pages.
Through various digital projects, the Bodleian Libraries work to increase access to specialised and unique material. Major digitisation efforts, both in-house and in collaboration with partners such as Google, ProQuest and the Royal Archives, have allowed us to make available hundreds of thousands of Google books, major sections of the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, Shakespeare’s First Folio, early English printed books and other collections. Our exhibition material is regularly made available through online exhibition websites and apps. Through projects such as BEAM, the Libraries are also exploring the future of born-digital material. Our digital.Bodleian interface will make the whole of our digital collections searchable via one place. For more information on our digital projects, both past and current, see our digital projects page.
Through a regular programme of workshops and masterclasses as well as via specific project outreach to schools and the public, the Bodleian Libraries work to provide education about and using our collections. See our What’s on pages for more information about upcoming events.
The Weston Library
The Bodleian Libraries undertook a major restoration and renovation of the New Bodleian Library building, which reopened as the Weston Library in 2015.
The project had three aims:
- to create high-quality storage for the Libraries' valuable special collections, which include the rare and unique manuscripts, books and maps that the Bodleian preserves for the international world of scholarship;
- to develop the Libraries' space for the support of advanced research;
- to expand public access to our great treasures through new exhibition galleries and other facilities.
The Weston Library has become the new home of the Bodleian's special collections. For more information, see the Weston Library website.