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Vast bookstore opens as famed library runs out of space

A warehouse big enough to store eight million books and maps for Oxford University's overflowing Bodleian Library has been unveiled.

The £26m site near Swindon, Wiltshire, has 153 miles (246km) of shelving.

The library, which is entitled to a copy of every book published in the UK, had been running out of space to store works for decades.

With 1,000 new books arriving each day, the head librarian said the situation had become "desperate".

David Sillito reports.

  • 07 Oct 2010