23 March 2015

Weston Library reopens to the public

The Bodleian Libraries’ new Weston Library on Broad Street opened to the public on 21 March, following the three-year, £80m transformation of the building formerly known as the New Bodleian.

The new public spaces include exhibition galleries, a café and shop, all accessed through the building’s new Broad Street entrance. A special series of free talks, displays, and demonstrations were held to celebrate the opening. Admission to the Weston Library and the Marks of Genius exhibition (which runs until 20 September) is free.

The Weston Library has also been shortlisted for the Building Magazine Project of the Year. The extensive work, including carving, restoration and enhancement work, was necessary to provide a significant and comprehensive upgrading of library infrastructure.  A modern facility for the safe and secure storage of the Bodleian special collections has been created and many features of the building will deliver long term energy savings. Winners will be announced in April.