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The Bodleian, the world-renowned group of research libraries of the University of Oxford, has always been a destination for students, scholars and visitors across the globe: an essential resource for teaching and research, which has expanded into a variety of buildings in the heart of Oxford, including such architectural icons as Duke Humfrey’s Library, the Divinity School, and the Radcliffe Camera.
Each year the Libraries serve more than 65,000 readers, over 40% of them from beyond the University, while its critically-acclaimed exhibitions attract almost 100,000 visitors annually.
But the Libraries’ collections are at grave risk because of the environment in which they are housed: the Bodleian is the only major archival depository in the UK which fails to meet The National Archive’s minimum standards.
Our programme of renewal will preserve the inheritance of the past while engaging new generations, ensuring our collections are made much more accessible to students, scholars and the general public. We invite you to support us in this transformational endeavour.