RSL Decant: Planned closure of the VHL on Saturday 18th January

The Vere Harmsworth Library will be closed on Saturday 18th January, 2020. This is to allow for unavoidable work on the Ground Floor of the Library.

As part of the RSL Decant to VHL Project 2020-21, works will need to be carried out by the ground floor entrance of the Vere Harmsworth Library. This will mainly be focused on the installation and set up of the new access control gates.

The RSL Decant Project Team and construction workers have advised the Vere Harmsworth Librarian that access into the Vere Harmsworth Library Ground Floor entrance will be blocked whilst this work is in progress. It will also be disruptive to Library services, and include a significant amount of noise and mess.

After careful consideration of the above information, and of alternative methods of entry into the Library, the Vere Harmsworth Librarian has agreed to close the Library on the 18th of January, to ensure that work can be completed as swiftly as possible.

The Library will re-open on Sunday 19th January (11 am – 5pm), subject to the completion of the works. The Librarian will aim to update Readers on the progress of the works as soon as possible.

We will aim to provide information on any further works in the Library via this blog, the Twitter (@vhllib) and Facebook (@vereharmsworthlibrary) accounts, and by email.

We apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused to Readers at this time.

Further information on the proposed book moves and a title list of relegated journals and reference titles can be found in the RSL Decant Consultation documents on the VHL website. 

If you have any further questions about working in the Vere Harmsworth Library, please ask at the Information Desk, or email vhl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. For further information about the RSL Decant, email Bethan Davies, VHL Librarian at bethan.davies@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

VHL Update: Library to reopen at 1 pm

Following the planned closure of the Vere Harmsworth Library this morning (Monday 9th December, 2019), I am pleased to announce that the Library will reopen at 1 pm, on schedule.

As part of the RSL Decant to VHL Project 2020-21, works were carried out by the ground floor entrance of the Vere Harmsworth Library.

The following changes have been made on the Ground Floor:

  • Part of the VHL Enquiry Desk has been removed off-site, and a temporary desk has been set up.
  • Some of our services have been moved to the first island of shelves, opposite the Enquiry Desk. This includes the Reserve shelf, the Reader Comments book and stationary supplies.
  • Comfy seating area has been moved to the Ground Floor.

The morning book delivery has been cancelled, but the afternoon delivery will be still be occurring. Deliveries expected for the morning should be made available for the afternoon. Readers can return any items expected on the 9th in the afternoon. If you have any concerns about your hold requests or loans, please contact us (details below.)

We will aim to provide information on any further works in the Library via this blog, the Twitter (@vhllib) and Facebook (@vereharmsworthlibrary) accounts, and by email.

We apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused to Readers at this time.

Further information on the proposed book moves and a title list of relegated journals and reference titles can be found in the RSL Decant Consultation documents on the VHL website. 

If you have any further questions about working in the Vere Harmsworth Library, please ask at the Information Desk, or email vhl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. For further information about the RSL Decant, email Bethan Davies, VHL Librarian at bethan.davies@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

VHL Update: Library open with full services

Following the leak and shut-down of electrics in the RAI and VHL on Sunday and Monday, I am pleased to announce that we have full power restored to the Library across all floors.

As of Wednesday 13th November, we will resume our standard term opening hours. This includes:

  • Weekdays 9am-7pm
  • Saturdays 10am-4pm
  • Sundays 11am-5pm.

The Library will therefore be open tonight until 7pm.

Electricians will still need to come into the Library to finish their works. The Library will inform our readers of any potential disruption to their work caused by this.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our readers for their patience during this time of disruption.