The Weston under wraps, July 2012. Original image copyright Bodleian Libraries/Nick Cistone.

HOW DO YOU DESIGN THE LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE?

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Mar 19, 2015 · 14 min read

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

The Bodleian Libraries chair design competition invited a designer/manufacturer team to create a new reading room chair for the institution’s Weston Library. Copyright Jamie Smith.

DAY PASS

Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. Copyright: Shutterstock/muratart

‘We need to return to the original purpose of the library, which is to support all the various needs of the scholar and provide him or her with a place to come up with ideas and make breakthroughs that would not otherwise have happened.’


WELCOME MAT

1934 drawing of Giles Gilbert Scott’s New Bodleian Building
Section through the Weston Library showing, on the left, the public entrance and high-ceilinged Blackwell Hall. Copyright Wilkinson Eyre.

SHELF LIFE

Section through the Weston Library showing the below ground bookstacks. Copyright Wilkinson Eyre.

‘The Weston Library could change the way we teach,’ says Nicholas Cronk, professor of French literature at Oxford and the Director of the Voltaire Foundation.

A short film from about digitisation at the Bodleian
A page from Mary Shelley’s original manuscript of ‘Frankenstein’. Copyright Bodleian Libraries

RESEARCH

Conserving John Gower’s Confessio Amantis. Copyright Bodleian Libraries.

CONCLUSION

Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room in the Weston Library. Copyright John Cairns.

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