Major Refurbishment Coming Up For Bodleian Law Library & University Of Oxford

Ruth Bird the library manager at  the The Bodleian Law Library at the University of Oxford  says the library will be undergoing a major refurbishment program during 2015 – 2016.

She writes in a recent missive…

For the first time in the 50 years since it was opened, we will be sending some parts of the collection to permanent off-site storage. The remaining collection will be partially re-housed for up to 12 months, decanted to a nearby library, and there will be a fetching service only for other parts. We are currently determining what will be sent off-site, what will be temporarily decanted, and what will remain in the library during the works.

This will have a significant impact on the availability of seating in our reading rooms for visiting scholars and academics, and I wanted to provide advance notice in case you know of researchers who may be planning a stint in the Bodleian Law Library, especially over summer 2015. We are advised that there will be a period when the building will be totally closed to readers, and we will be operating from a temporary alternative reading room.

My apologies for the lack of clarity with timings, and more detailed information. We will be placing up to date news on our website once we have some details to share:

Please feel free to pass on my details to any potential academic visitors or researchers who may plan a visit to Oxford to use the Law Library next year, and I will try to provide useful guidance.