Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

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The Bodleian Libraries mission is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society. The Bodleian has been collecting material for more than 400 years and currently holds more than 12 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals, and some 56,000 linear metres of outstanding special collections. These include rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art, printed ephemera and a growing digital collection including born-digital material and websites (in partnership with the UK Web Archive). The special collections have been Designated by the Arts Council as an outstanding collection and contain three items recorded in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The collection management policy can be found at: The Library is also actively engaged in preservation to ensure future access to its collections. The Bodleian Libraries includes Oxford’s principal University library - the Bodleian Library; as well as 28 other libraries across Oxford, including major research and faculty libraries. The Bodleian serves the nation as a legal deposit library, and its status as a National Research Library, designated by HEFCE, reflects the high percentage of Library users from other UK HEIs. The Bodleian encourages wider engagement with its collections, through making them more readily visible (metadata creation, discovery, and digitization), through public engagement with research (exhibitions, public programmes, and digital applications), or through partnerships with other organizations and institutions. The Bodleian seeks to develop the research culture of the University, centred around its physical and digital collections. It works with students and academics from across the globe to incubate research within the collections, seen with the Visiting Scholars Centre within the Centre for the Study of the Book. The Library also hosts the University’s institutional and research data repositories. It works closely with other parts of the University: with college libraries and archives, and with the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums.


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