Bodleian receives seven millionth document

© Copyright Brian Robert Marshall and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
© Copyright Brian Robert Marshall and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Swindon Advertiser recently announced this bit of news regarding the local Bodleian library.

THE seven millionth book has been placed on the shelves of the Bodleian Libraries book storage facility, in South Marston.

It marks the end of the project to move lesser used stock from the main library in Oxford.

The final batches of books arrived on December 23.

The £26m state-of-the-art facility, which was opened last year at the Keypoint Industrial Estate, is home to ibooks, maps, manuscripts, microfilms, periodicals and newspapers, primarily from the 18th century onwards Librarian Sarah Thomas said: “This has been an important year in the history of the Bodleian, and it has been an extraordinary success.

“We have tagged and moved all our books, relocated our staff, prepared the New Bodleian building for its redevelopment, opened new facilities for readers in the heart of Oxford and refreshed and developed our IT capabilities.

“Any one of these tasks would be a major undertaking for most libraries but, thanks to a superb team of dedicated staff, we have accomplished them all simultaneously without any major interruption to our day-to-day services to readers either in the university or further afield.

“With our new storage facility at Swindon and renewed spaces for study in place or under development in the heart of Oxford, our readers can look forward to significant enhancements to our services in 2012 and beyond.”

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the country.

They include the principal university library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years, major research libraries and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the university.

The combined library collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 30,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in other formats.

For more information log on to www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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