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Weston Library, University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom
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The Weston Library, Oxford is a vital resource for academic research. In 2006,WilkinsonEyre undertook the refurbishment of the building 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 spaces 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 university's academic users, as well as enabling public interaction with the Library'scollections and archival 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.

The overall design works with, rather than against, Scott's robust design, reinvigorating the space with an improved circulation diagram- for both book retrieval and user improvement and creating a number of contemporary interventions, including a spectacular reading room at roof level.

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katenichol1970, October 6th, 2017
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