The Weston Library is a vital resource for academic research. In 2006, WilkinsonEyre was appointed to refurbish the Library as a new cultural and intellectual landmark. Part of the University of Oxford’s world famous Bodleian Library, the Grade Il listed building was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s.
The project has created high-quality storage for the Libraries’ valuable special collections; developed the Libraries’ space for the support of advanced research; and has expanded public access to its great treasures via the new exhibition galleries.
Other new facilities include a digital media centre, a visiting scholars centre, a lecture theatre, and a suite of seminar rooms to enable teaching and master-classes based on the Library’s special collections. These facilitate contemporary research practices and techniques, supporting the library’s academic users, as well as enabling public interaction with the Library’s collections and treasures. The newly refurbished Library includes a world-class conservation workshop and facilities.
Careful consideration has been made to the Library’s position within the surrounding cityscape, opening up new ground level entrances to encourage public access and knit the building into the wider urban grain.
Contributed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Photo © Dirk Lindner Photography 2016
Client: University of Oxford
Structural Engineer: Pell Frischmann
Services Engineer: Hurley Palmer Flatt