24 June 2016
We have woken up this morning entering a period of uncertainty, change and upheaval in our political and economic systems.
The Bodleian is, however, an enduring institution. We have survived through European conflicts, plagues and famines, and economic crises of many kinds over the past 400 years, and I have no doubt that we are strong enough to weather the storms that may lie ahead. At the core of our values is the sense that we are an international institution, and have been since our foundation. We will continue to welcome readers from Europe and the rest of the world. We will continue to acquire collections from Europe and the rest of the world. We will continue to have international staff in the Bodleian and will value their contribution to our community. As a Director and Treasurer of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) I am personally committed to working closely with our European colleagues in libraries and archives, and we will continue to be members of CERL, LIBER and other consortia in Europe. We also remain utterly committed to our close collaboration with Trinity College Dublin through our shared endeavour of legal deposit.
As an international institution we must redouble our efforts to be welcoming, tolerant, and inclusive, true to the principle of serving members of 'the whole republic of the learned' from wherever they come.
Richard Ovenden, FRSA, FSA