New Bodleian (the Weston Library)

The Bodleian Libraries are currently undertaking a major restoration and renovation of the New Bodleian Library building, to be reopened as the Weston Library in 2015.

Every donation, no matter what its size, will make a real difference to the Libraries and to this exciting project. We value your support.

Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley's Librarian

From its founding in 1602, as an act of great philanthropic leadership by Sir Thomas Bodley, the Bodleian Library has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s leading repositories of the written record of civilization.

In order to promote the best possible use of these unique holdings, and to provide facilities fit for 21st Century scholars, the University is undertaking a historic transformation of the New Bodleian. This endeavour will create:

  • three floors, below ground, of secure and environmentally controlled storage space – to protect the world’s ‘memory’, captured in the papers and documents of the Bodleian’s repository;
  • ground-level exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a café – to foster public interaction with some of the world’s greatest texts from our diverse cultures;
  • several floors above the public access areas, dedicated to curation and conservation, and a digitisation studio;
  • reading rooms to serve researchers from around the world;
  • seminar rooms for hands-on teaching;
  • Masterclasses allowing librarians to integrate rare books safely into the discussion
  • the Centre for the Study of the Book, bringing together scholars and librarians interested in interpreting the intellectual and material history of the printed word.