Bodleian Libraries secure planning permission to improve access to the Old Bodleian Building and Radcliffe Camera and to upgrade the Underground Bookstore

14 July 2010

PMT-View-0_8_webOxford University’s Bodleian Libraries today announced that plans to upgrade space within the central Bodleian site had been approved by Oxford City Council at an evening meeting of the Central South and West Area Committee on Tuesday, 13 July 2010. The improvements will enable greater access for library readers and visitors with limited mobility as well as supporting improved access to books and services. The plans include:

  • 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.
  • Refurbishment of the Underground Bookstore, under Radcliffe Square, into two floors of open stack library space for readers and opening up the tunnel (to be known as the Gladstone Link) that connects the Radcliffe Camera and the Old Bodleian main building.

Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian, said: ‘This is an important day for the Oxford libraries and for some of the most important heritage buildings in the world. We fully recognise the great duty of looking after these buildings. We are pleased that we have the support to undertake these sensitively-conceived projects which will enable greater access for students and visitors with limited mobility and allow better reader services.’

Related links

  • Project Webpage
    Detailed description of the project, images and related documents
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