A new home for Oxford’s books
The New Bodleian Library, part of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford which in turn are part of the University of Oxford, has undergone a complete makeover in accordance with the designs of architects Wilkinson Eyre and has been renamed the Weston Library.
It is now home to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries, and the extensive and varied collections required entirely new storage systems to be provided throughout the building.
Following a competitive tendering process, shelving specialist Forster Ecospace was appointed to carry out the contract, valued at £2 million. Working with the Bodleian Libraries Estate Projects Office to ensure that the necessary range of high quality facilities to house the collections was provided, the contract included the following:
All the shelving, which provides some 40 linear kilometres of storage space, is manufactured from powder-coated galvanized steel to ensure optimal performance, longevity and neutrality sothat it presents no danger to stored materials.The installation, which is fully BS5454 compliant, was carried out over a two year period and was completed on time and on budget.