The future of the library
The opening of the building formerly known as the New Bodleian has transformed the debate regarding the future of the library in the 21st century. The spectacular £80 million refurbishment has fully modernized the building, now renamed the Weston Library in recognition of the lead donation to the project by the Garfield Weston Foundation, which has been matched by the Oxford University Press. Not only will the state of the art facilities for book storage, research and conservation ensure that the needs of the University be supported long into the future, but more significantly, for the first time new exhibition galleries and public spaces will ensure full public access to the treasures of the Bodleian.
The transformation is also the story of its many generous supporters to whom the Bodleian means so much. Julian Blackwell, whose bookshop sits adjacent to the Weston Library on Broad Street – has funded the Blackwell Hall; The David Room was named in honour of Rhodes Scholar Charles Wendell David with a donation from his sons Charles and George David; global electronic manufacturer Samsung has supported the Library with a gift of cutting-edge hardware and bespoke software as well as expert consultancy. Not least, many donors, numbering more than 150, have dedicated chairs in the new reading room and lecture theatre, paying tribute to one of the most beloved cultural and intellectual landmarks of Oxford, the Bodleian,
For more information about the opening of the Weston Library, please visit www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-03-20-opening-bodleians-weston-library