Richard Ovenden (//; born 25 March 1964) is a British librarian and author. He currently serves as Bodley's Librarian in the University of Oxford, having been appointed in 2014. Ovenden also serves as the Director of the Bodleian Library's Centre for the Study of the Book and holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College. Ovenden is a trustee of the Chawton House Library and vice-chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. In 2009, he was elected chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition, replacing Dame Lynne Brindley in a post he held until 2013. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, having been elected in 2008.
He has worked at Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland and at the University of Edinburgh, where he was responsible for Collection Management within the Library, for Special Collections and Archives, and for the University Museums and Art Gallery.
Ovenden is the author of John Thomson (1837–1921): photographer (1997), a study of the Scottish photographer.
- "Bodley's Librarian". University of Oxford Gazette. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- Meet Bodley's Librarian
- "Trustees, Staff and Patrons", chawtonhouse.org Accessed 16 February 2016
- "People" kraszna-krausz.org.uk Accessed 16 February 2016
- "New Year - and New Chair for DPC: Richard Ovenden" Digital Preservation Coalition Accessed 16 February 2016
- "Richard Ovenden" Balliol College, Oxford. Accessed 16 February 2016
- "Richard Ovenden" bodleian.ox.ac.uk Oxford University. Accessed 16 February 2016
- "Fellows Directory" sal.org.uk Accessed 16 February 2016.
- Tim Radford (December 11, 2003), £3m gift that could help save Frankenstein for the nation, The Guardian
- Priceless Bible goes on display, BBC News, 3 March 2004
- Oxford Online. First Author. 24 August 2007. Interview with Ovenden about the Bodleian Library's digitisation programs and its partnerships with Google