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Weston Library, Oxford

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The Weston Library is part of the Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, reopened within the former New Bodleian Library building on the corner of Broad Street and Parks Road in central Oxford, England.HistoryFrom 1937 to 1940, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott worked on the New Bodleian Library, in Broad Street, Oxford. It is not generally considered his finest work. Needing to provide storage for millions of books without building higher than the surrounding structures, Scott devised a construction going deep into the earth, behind two elevations no higher than those around them. His biographer A. S. G. Butler commented, "In an attempt to be polite to these – which vary from late Gothic to Victorian Tudor – Scott produced a not very impressive neo-Jacobean design". A later biographer, Gavin Stamp, praises the considerable technical achievement of keeping the building low in scale by building underground, but agrees that aesthetically the building is not among Scott's most successful designs. Nikolaus Pevsner dismisses it as "neither one thing nor the other".
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  • Worth popping in for great cafe/lunch and small room of treasures including early Shakespeare folio - and other temporary exhibitions - all free  more »
  • Do not miss a visit to the Weston Library! The Bodleian Treasures exhibition was spectacular and we also enjoyed the Jane Austen exhibit. The coffee shop in the lobby had the friendliest service we ex...  more »
  • The Weston library has a great transformation behind him, from the simple storage place for books to an interactive place of encounter between people and written testimonies of cultures. Bright, open spaces invite you to linger and the immense collection of books is a perfect Foundation for detailed studies or extension of the own spectrum. Weston library in addition to a usual shop offers a Café and are constantly changing special exhibitions, like the library free to attend. A refuge not only for rainy days.
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  • Though u can't access the library if you are not the university's student, but the exhibits on the ground floor are just plain awesome!
  • Very interesting Jane Austen exhibition showing at the moment so a must for any fan. Beautiful building and staff were extremely pleasant and helpful.
  • It closes at 5 pm so i could only see two exibitions. Really interesting and well organised. People working there are kind.
  • It's a very charming place as and Jane Austen 's exhibition there as a fantastic surprise
  • I see the first book of Shakespeare here. It's amazing.

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