Oxford

Weston Library opens to academics after £80m revamp

View of Weston Library from Broad Street, Oxford Image copyright Wilkinson Eyre
Image caption The grade II listed building closed in 2011 and will reopen to the public in March 2015

The University of Oxford's Weston Library has reopened to academics following an £80m refurbishment.

The library, formerly known as the New Bodleian, has three new reading rooms, research and teaching facilities and storage for the library's valuable special collections.

Readers and researchers of special collections can visit from Monday.

The grade II listed building closed for the revamp in 2011 and will reopen to the public in March.

The Weston Library is the main home for the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections.

Collections will continue to be moved into the Weston Library until summer 2016.

The original New Bodleian Library, formally opened by King George VI in 1946, was renamed the Weston Library in honour of a £25m donation given in March 2008 by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Image copyright Wilkinson Eyre
Image caption The three reading rooms will be open to scholars from Monday

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