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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Bodleian Libraries / University of Oxford
3 Address Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
4 Phone / Fax / Email (01865 277158,
5 Name of the director of the library Dr Sarah Thomas
6 Contact person for enquiries (Richard Ovenden)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 80 000
8 Number of full time students 15 000
9 Number of part time students -
10 Number of staff in institution 4 000
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 18 718 m² NIFA
12 Number of reader seats 302
13 Total capacity of shelving 83 978 lm (2 855 252 nominal volumes)
14 …in open access storage 3 280 lm (111 520 nominal volumes)
15 …in closed access stacks 80 698 lm (2 743 732 nominal volumes)
16 Number of library staff 187
17 Opening hours to the public 69 hours per week in term, 54 hours per week in vacation, 301 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects,
19 Project Architect Jim Eyre and Geoff Turner
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Refurbishment and partial rebuild of Grade II listed building.

The New Bodleian Library Project has three key objectives:
The refurbishment of the stack floors to create improved storage spaces for special collections mitigating the risks of fire and internal flooding. These refurbished spaces will comply with the British Standard, and with the National Archives Standard for Record Repositories.
Provision of new research facilities that provide seminar and group study spaces, enhanced interaction with digital technologies, provision for graduate students and visiting scholars, supporting the externally-funded research projects.
Enhanced facilities for engaging the general public through exhibitions and events.
c special features
22 Site The New Bodleian Library situated in the centre of the City of Oxford at heart of the historic University of Oxford. It is part of an important cityscape and is surrounded by Grade I Listed buildings including the Clarendon Building (Nicholas Hawksmoor) and the Sheldonian Theatre (Sir Christopher Wren).
23 Architecture The building is a Grade II Listed building of ‘special interest’. Built in 1937-39 to a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, it is rectangular in plan on a grid of 13.5’. It is comprised of an eleven-storey central Bookstack surrounded by three-storey accommodation for offices and reading rooms. The central Bookstack is formed from in situ concrete on a steel frame, the outer accommodation is pre-cast concrete on a steel frame. The refurbishment project entails the complete removal and replacement of the central core of the stack, the insertion of a new entrance on the south side of the building and a large public atrium, with two new exhibition galleries. The new stack will have 4 hours of fire protection and environmental control to BS5454:2000.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 18 828 m² GIFA
divided into
25 Open access services 2 131 m², comprising three special collections reading rooms with adjacent open access areas, Enquiries Area, seminar rooms and Centre for the Study of the Book.
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual Range of AV facilities distributed across spaces below.
27 Computers
28 Special collections 642 m² of special collections curatorial office accommodation.
29 Seminar room(s) A total 143 m² comprised of 4 seminar and group study rooms.
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space A treasures gallery (120 m²) and a changing exhibitions gallery (164 m²).
31 Lecture hall 120 m² 112-seater Lecture Theatre with fixed raked seating.
32 Public refreshments 878 m² open plan Blackwell Hall atrium with 120-seater café and potential for special events catering for 250 seated, temporary exhibitions.
33 Administration and staff areas 808 m² Conservation, 67 m² staff common room, 72 m² staff/reader café, 53 m² Admissions Office, 216 m² Imaging Studio, (642 m² curatorial offices excluded here, see 29 above).
34 Closed access stacks 7 415 m² across three basement levels,
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 2 769 m²
36 Further information 3 basement levels, 3 principal above ground levels, central ‘floating’ core with 5 levels. Public access to Ground Floor.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 293
divided into
38 Audiovisual N/A
39 Computers 31
40 Seminar room(s) 44
41 Regular 218
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 41 693 lm (1 417 460 nominal volumes)
43 Open access stacks 2 788 lm
44 Closed access stacks 37 728 lm
45 Compact shelving 16 117 lm (included in 44 above)
46 Audiovisual materials Included in 43 and 44
47 Other 64 map planchests, 274 lm strong-room
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 142
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Full air conditioning to BS5454 to stack areas, utilizing low velocity air movements between plenum walls, comfort cooling to office areas and reading rooms.
50 Heating Via air-conditioning
51 Lighting Proximity controlled fluorescents to stack areas. Controlled light levels in exhibition galleries. Natural lighting to atrium via retained Gilbert Scott windows.
52 Acoustics Acoustic paneling to atrium walls
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 1 goods lift, 3 passenger lifts provided in two new service cores.
54 Book transportation system By lift
55 Theft detection Electro-magnetic detection at exit points, CCTV, IDS
56 Building management system Full BMS
57 Type of IT infrastructure Cat 5e
58 Other Access Control System utilizing University Common Card

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2006
60 Architectural competition Winter 2006
61 Period of project 2010
62 Opening of the construction work August 2011
63 Conclusion of the construction 3 years
64 Furnishing and moving the collections From August 2014
65 Opening of the new building for public Official Opening March 2015

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site N/A (existing site)
67 Building £61 032 124
68 Furniture and equipment £5 598 667 (direct contracts)
69 Fees £8 851 636
70 Total £80 478 000 including contingency and Value Added Tax
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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