Bodleian Libraries join Future Cities Forum's September 'Cultural Cities'



Richard Ovenden, Chief Librarian - Bodleian Libraries (by John Cairns)



Future Cities Forum is delighted that the Bodley's Librarian, Richard Ovenden, will join our 'Cultural Cities' panel discussion with the DCMS in September. This is the fourth in our 2021 series examining how the cultural sector across the UK and Europe is adapting to the changes in behaviour and building use accelerated by the pandemic. As the Bodley's Librarian, Richard oversees the Bodleian Libraries' 28 libraries across the University of Oxford and a major book depository in Swindon.


In 2015 the Weston Library was opened in Broad Street Oxford after a major reworking of the 1930s New Bodleian Library - which was built to house 2.5 million volumes of the Bodleian's special collections. The re-modelled building encloses new public spaces including a spacious atrium, cafe and exhibition galleries.