Inside Oxford: The Bodleian The University of Oxford’s much loved library, the Bodleian, is one of Europe’s oldest libraries and the second largest library in the UK after the British Library. It supports the teaching, learning and research of the University, and also provides access to the University’s collections for the benefit of scholarship and society. Oxford first opened a purpose-built library in the fourteenth century with a small collection of chained books for the use of scholars. Its fortunes over the years waxed and waned until Sir Thomas Bodley took it on himself to finally restore the library and make it appropriate to the size and prestige of the University. This restored library opened as the Bodleian in 1602 and has grown to be one of the world’s finest and most respected working research libraries today. This talk will cover a brief history of the Bodleian, will explore the current work that it is undertaking (in terms of collecting and preserving information in all forms, digitization, research, and cultural engagement), and will discuss the role of research libraries in a global, digital age. This is the second lecture in our series “Inside Oxford” which explores some of the unique features and characteristics of the University of Oxford.
Friday 21 November 2014
19:00 – 20:00 Lecture UF Hall Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho Chiyoda ku, Tokyo This lecture is free of charge and will be delivered in English
20:15 – 21:45 Reception Tanakaya La Mer Sanbancho 1F, 6-4 Sanbancho, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo ￥3,000 (payable on the door)