The Bodleian Libraries are a collection of approximately 40 libraries that serve the University of Oxford in England, including, most famously, the Bodleian Library itself, as well as many other (but not all) central and faculty libraries. Together, the libraries hold 11 million printed items, as well as numerous other objects and artefacts.
A major product of this collaboration has been a joint integrated library system, OLIS (Oxford Libraries Information System), and its public interface, SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online), which provides a union electronic catalogue covering all member libraries, as well as the libraries of individual colleges and other faculty libraries, which are not members of the group but do share cataloguing information.
The group, founded in February 2000, was known as the Oxford University Library Services (OULS) until 2 March 2010. Its busiest library is the Social Sciences Library, which, at its peak, serves 7,500 visitors in a period of approximately nine weeks.
The Bodleian Libraries group was founded in February 2000 as Oxford University Library Services, before changing its name in March 2010.
The group now cares for some 11 million items on 117 miles of shelving, and has a staff of over 400. It is the second largest library in the UK (behind the British Library). The continued growth of the library has resulted in a severe shortage of storage space. Over 1.5 million items are currently stored in locations outside Oxford, including a disused salt mine in Cheshire.[needs update] In 2007 and 2008, in an effort to obtain better and more capacious storage facilities for the library’s collections, Oxford University Library Services (OULS) tried to obtain planning permission to build a new book depository on the Osney Mead site, to the southwest of Oxford city centre. However, this application was unsuccessful and the new Book Storage Facility was instead constructed at a site on the outskirts of Swindon. This Book Storage Facility, which cost £26 million, opened in October 2010 and has 153 miles (246 kilometres) of shelving, including 3,224 bays with 95,000 shelf levels, and 600 map cabinets to hold 1.2 million maps and other items.
The Bodleian Libraries group comprises seven centralised departments:
- Collections and Resource Description (C&RD)
- Conservation and Collection Care]
- Imaging Services
- Oxford Digital Library (ODL)
- Academic and Learning Services (ALS)
- Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS)
The current[when?] Director of the group, Sarah Thomas,[needs update] was appointed in 2007; like her predecessor, Reginald Carr, she has held the position concurrently with that of Bodley's Librarian.
As of June 2014, the website of the group lists the following member libraries:
- Alexander Library of Ornithology (website)
- Bodleian Chinese Studies Library (website)
- Bodleian Education Library (website)
- Bodleian Health Care Libraries (John Radcliffe Hospital, Bodleian Knowledge Centre) (website)
- Bodleian History Faculty Library (website)
- Bodleian Japanese Library (website)
- Bodleian Latin American Centre Library (website)
- Bodleian Law Library (website)
- Bodleian Library (New Library, Old Library, Radcliffe Camera) (website)
- Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House (website)
- Bodleian Music Faculty Library (website)
- Bodleian Oriental Institute Library (website)
- Bodleian Social Science Library (website)
- English Faculty Library (website)
- Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library (website)
- Radcliffe Science Library (website)
- Rewley House Continuing Education Library (website)
- Sackler Library (website)
- Sainsbury Library at the Saïd Business School (website)
- Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy (website)
- Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library (website)
- Taylor Institution Library (website)
- Tyler Library (website)
- Vere Harmsworth Library at the Rothermere American Institute (website)
- Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Library (website)
A further 40 college libraries and 20 faculty and speciality libraries are not members of the group.
- "About". University of Oxford: Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "Timeline of Bodleian Libraries Events from 2000" (pdf). Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "OULS changes name to Bodleian Libraries". 2 March 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- Thomas, Sarah. "Welcome to the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford". Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- Oxford University Library Services (2005). "A university library for the 21st century: an exhibition of proposals by the Oxford University Library services (OULS)". University of Oxford. Retrieved 2006-02-09.
- "Bodleian preparing to move stock to salt mine". Cherwell. Retrieved 2007-02-26. Updated numbers can be found here (accessed 2009-12-28).
- Book Storage Facility from the University of Oxford website (accessed 2009-12-28)
- "Vast bookstore opens as famed library runs out of space", BBC News, 6 October 2010
- Garner, Richard (21 February 2007). "A double-first at the Bodleian library as US woman takes over". The Independent. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- "Bodleian Libraries [list]". Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Retrieved 17 June 2014.