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Bodleian buys site for storage

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Library moves into warehouse

The Bodleian Library has announced it will build a new storage facility as part of modernisation plans.

The 15-acre site, just outside Swindon, will house eight million volumes which are in less demand.

Oxford University has said it chose the Swindon site because planning permission was refused for a depository in Osney Mead in Oxford.

Once books are moved to the new storage facility, development of the New Bodleian can begin in 2010.

'Exciting progress'

The New Bodleian will include a public visitor area on the ground floor and improved exhibition space.

It will hold special collections and individual faculty libraries will be merged in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

"This is exciting progress in the rollout of the Libraries' strategy to improve services for its readers," said Sarah Thomas, Librarian and Director at the Bodleian Library.

This summer, most of the special collections will move out of the New Bodleian to the Radcliffe Science Library - ensuring that these key works are still accessible.

Preparation for the refurbishment will start in 2010 and the work will take approximately four years to complete.

Once the work on the library is complete, it will become known as the Weston Library - in honour of the 25 million donation given in March 2008 by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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