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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.
From 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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  • Couldn't get into the Bodleian and this was suggested instead, wish I hadn't bothered. There was an exhibition about 3D but it was small and dull, definitely not one for children.  more »
  • The Babel exhibition about translation is well worth visiting, if you can get to it before it closes (early June). I loved the wide range of artefacts and the well-informed interpretation panels.  more »
  • I have never paid to come in here but have been several times for the free exhibitions which are always interesting. At the moment good exhibitions about history of 3D and another about translations -...  more »
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  • Lovely library. Only stayed at the cafe in the building but it has a nice ambiance.
  • Beatiful building and a positive mood and atmosphere inside, I like it! Exhibitions are interesting and thank you to be a student card holder of the bodleian libraries, it is exciting.
  • Great cafe greets you upon entry with very tempting cakes. Have regularly attended free exhibitions since arriving in Oxford and have every intention of being a regular visitor. Have seen many ancient texts, original letters from famous authors and suffragette history. Have booked my tickets for the Tolkien exhibition. Love it!
  • Have been here twice now but on this occasion the museum was closed because they didn't have any staff! The cafe was a shambles! It clearly says "Loose Leaf" tea (£2) but we were given a tea bag in a cup. When I question it I was told it was loose leaf. I couldn't be bothered to argue. They also didn't have any large coffee cups so I was given a paper cup for my coffee which was also awful. £4.50 for a tea bag and a paper cup - a joke!
  • Best place to take a rest and have a nice double espresso
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