25 June 2007
The Bodleian Library’s new gift shop opens its doors today at 2 pm. The new location of the shop is one of the 17th century University lecture rooms, in the Old Schools Quadrangle, accessible to the general public for the first time. The move is part of the Library’s new developments of offering an enriching experience for visitors and better access to the reading rooms for its readers.
Also known as Bullard Room in recognition of the fundraising achievements of Lady Margaret Bullard, the spacious wooden-panelled room accommodating the new gift shop will be the final attraction of the Library’s Guided Tour. Visitors can view a permanent display of paintings of Bodley's Librarians since 1602 and an inscription in wood hand crafted by Eric Gill’s son in law, Rene Hague.
Originally a lecture room for subjects such as astronomy and rhetoric, and still known by its Latin name Schola Astronomiae et Rhetoricae, the room became part of the Bodleian Library in 1884, being used as a ‘Council Chamber’ and then a meeting room for the Library’s Curators. The transformation of the room into its current appearance was effected in 1941-1942 when the wood panels were brought in from the Lower Reading Room.
The new shop offers beautiful displays featuring gift and jewellery items inspired by the library’s collections, as well as a selection of the library’s publications. To celebrate the opening, special vouchers can be obtained from the shop throughout the month of July, allowing customers to redeem 10% discount on purchases and to enter a free prize draw with a chance to win a Private Extended Guided Tour of the Library including a visit to the underground tunnels and passages with mechanical book conveyor, leading from the Radcliffe Camera underneath Broad Street into the New Library stacks.
- More information about access and opening times, guided tours, exhibitions, special events, hospitality as well as location hire can be found on our web site, www.bodleianshop.co.uk.
- Opening times for the gift shop: 09:00 - 17:15 Monday – Friday, 09:00 - 16.45 Saturday, closed Sundays