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Friday, March 26, 2010

Bodleian Libraries display plans to upgrade Underground Bookstore and improve access to Old Bodleian and Radcliffe Camera

Oxford University's world-famous Bodleian Libraries has displayed plans to upgrade space within the central Bodleian site which will enable greater direct access to books, improved services and access for library readers and visitors with limited mobility. The plans include:

  • Refurbishment of the Underground Bookstore, under Radcliffe Square, into two floors of openstack library space for readers and opening up the tunnel (to be known as the Gladstone Link) that connects the Radcliffe Camera and the Old Bodleian main building.
  • Installing a platform lift between the Underground Bookstore and the Lower Radcliffe Camera Reading Room to provide access for disabled readers and to facilitate book deliveries.
  • Installing a lift in the Old Bodleian to accommodate passengers and to transport books.
  • Adjusting the paving level in the Old Schools Quadrangle to facilitate book delivery and disabled access

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