The Bodleian Law Library is participating in this year’s Oxford “Open Doors” weekend on Friday and Saturday, 7-8 September 2012. (The “Open Doors” events continue on Sunday, though the Law Library will not be open on that day.) The purpose of the weekend is to enable a wider public to see interesting and important buildings, including many that are not normally open to visitors.
We will be conducting tours of the library for which visitors must book in advance, either via the Oxford Preservation Trust booking line (01865 251022) or via the website (www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk/programme-2012). The Law Library tours are at 3.30 and 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. (The Friday times are incorrectly listed in the “Open Doors” brochure but have been corrected on the website.)
Most readers of this blog will be aware that we are the largest law library in the United Kingdom, but some may not realize that the St. Cross Building is a landmark in the development of modern architecture in Oxford and is now listed at Grade II*. We intend to show the building as a work of architecture and as a functioning library, and we hope that visitors will be able to see the relationship between these two aspects.