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New Bodleian: Making the Weston Library

In Association with Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Mace Limited
In 2010, with a bequest from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Bodleian Library and the London firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects began to move forward with plans to refurbish the New Bodleian. Having served the community for seventy years, the New Bodleian housed more than three million books and manuscripts and was listed as a site of historic interest. Now, the stately building on Broad Street would preserve its façade while gaining updates to meet modern research needs.

New Bodleian: The Making of the Weston Library tells the story of how the plans for the new Weston Library—as the New Bodleian is now known—were realized, describing in detail the architectural, academic, curatorial, and heritage considerations addressed, as well as the successful collaborations between clients and consultants. Among the updates introduced were enhanced public access, including new entrance spaces; redesigned reading rooms for the study of special collections; new teaching facilities; and state-of-the-art storage space for the library’s many treasures. With over one hundred color illustrations, the book sheds light on the challenges of meeting the needs of an internationally renowned, four-hundred-year-old institution in the twenty-first century.

224 pages | 100 color plates | 10 x 10 | © 2015

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Table of Contents

The Weston Library
                                Robert Bevan
The context
                A brief history of the Bodleian
                                Geoffrey Tyack
                Conserving Scott’s Bodleian
                                Michael Morrison
The vision
                A new vision for the Bodleian
                                Richard Ovenden
                Making the move
                                Toby Kirtley
The design
                Facing up to Wren and Hawksmoor
                                Jim Eyre
                Architectural drawings
                Developing the design
                                Geoff Turner
                Controlling the environment
                                Bernard Antieul
                A structural history
                                Les Chapman
                A walk through the building
                                Geoff Turner
                Reconstructing the New Bodleian
                                Keith Vance
                Materials and detailing in the Weston Library
                                Geoff Turner
                The Bodleian chair
                                Barber Osgerby
The Weston in use
                What the users say
                The opening
                Mike Wigg           

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