26 June 2015
A project to refurbish the St Cross Building on Manor Road, home to the Bodleian Law Library and the English Faculty Library, received planning permission on 12 June. The extensive refurbishment will improve access and circulation in the building, and add new facilities such as a cafeteria. Initial works will include the insertion of two new lifts in the building.
The refurbishment work will take place from mid August 2015 to October 2016.
Bodleian Law Library
From December 2015, some law collections will be housed off-site in the Gladstone Link in the Bodleian Library. Other parts of the law collection (50,000 volumes) have been sent to the Book Storage Facility (BSF).
The Law Library will be open for a limited service throughout the refurbishment but will continue to provide as normal a service as possible during the works. Seating space will become more restricted in 2016 and in the Long Vacation of 2016 the Main Reading Room will not have any seating capacity. There will be a deal of noisy work in the vacations.
English Faculty Library
The English Faculty Library has begun work on consolidating the library's three stacks into one. Approximately 4,000 volumes have been sent to the BSF and the Tolkien and Wilfred Owen collections will move to the Weston Library.
It will be necessary to close the library for the Long Vacation of 2016, but alternative strategies will be put in place to assist readers.