The Bodleian Law Library is participating in this year’s Oxford Open Doors weekend on Friday and Saturday, 11-12 September 2015. The purpose of the event is to enable a wider public to see interesting and important buildings, including many that are not normally open to visitors, and, equally, to learn about the activities that take place in them.
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.
Tours of the Law Library are now fully booked, but it is worth noting that Open Doors is a city-wide event and that many other buildings and institutions will also be participating, most of which do not require advance booking and many of which will also be open on Sunday.
Copies of the Open Doors booklet (i.e. the city-wide programme) are available at the main enquiry desk in the Law Library (while supplies last) and can also be downloaded from the Oxford Preservation Trust website, http://www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk .
(Note that on Saturday, 12 September, the Law Library will be open only for the scheduled Open Doors tour and will not be open to readers.)
By Ronald Richenburg