13 November 2015

Weston Library recognised by Oxford Preservation Trust

The Weston Library has been presented with a plaque by the Oxford Preservation Trust at its annual award ceremony. The four-year project to transform the library was nominated in the Building Conservation category.

Now in their 38th year the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards celebrate projects that add to Oxford and its setting.  Debbie Dance, Trust Director, said: ‘We are so lucky to live in a City with so much of quality and interest, and this is our chance to recognise the work that is happening and the contribution it makes to Oxford and its setting, and the lives of those who work, live and visit here.’

The refurbishment of the grade II listed Weston Library has already generated praise from users, visitors and the media alike. It has undergone major work to turn it into an exciting and dynamic resource that will encourage greater access and engagement for the University and general public.  

New facilities include study rooms, reading rooms and a visiting scholars centre. Above and below ground, more than 40km of state-of-the-art storage facilities now house the special collections, including four of the 18 surviving copies of Magna Carta. The library also offers two exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, café and shop.