Bigger plan needed THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY AND BLACKWELLS: AN EDURING PARTNERSHIP Julian Blackwell & Richard Ovenden
Founded 1602 by Sir Thomas Bodley
Main Library of the University
11m volumes, major international research collections
31 libraries in the Bodleian system
Over 250k new books added per annum
Budget c. £32m
‘ And where before … because it never had any lasting allowance, for augmentation of the number, or supply of books decayed: whereby it came to pass, that when those that were in being, were either wasted or embezzled, the whole foundation came to ruin: To meet with that inconvenience, I will so provide hereafter … as you shall be still assured of a standing annual rent, to be disbursed every year in buying booke, in officers stipends, and other pertinent occasions … Sir Thomas Bodley, 1598
Bookselling business founded 1846
Flagship shop on Broad Street opened in 1879
Publishing business under imprint B.H. Blackwell founded 1880.
Became University bookseller under Benjamin Henry (1849-1924), merchant scholar
Established Library business internationally during second half of 20 th century
Publishing business sold to Wiley and Sons in 2005.
Connections between Blackwell family and the University
University bookseller for 130 years
Generations educated at Oxford (Magdalen College School, Merton and Trinity Colleges).
Sir Basil gifted rare books to the Library of Merton College in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gift of Blackwell Archive to Merton College in 2004
William Beckford Archive gifted to Bodleian in 1984 in memory of Sir Basil Blackwell.
Julian Blackwell: ‘The Bodleian Library especially was an institution with which my father and his fellow Blackwellians maintained a symbiotic relationship’ (2004).
Gift of the Library of B H Blackwell announced in 2005
Blackwells – ‘The Gaffer’s Room’
Broad Street – as existing
Approaches to the building – Broad Street (existing)
Existing View from Sheldonian
New Bodleian – Concept
Forming the entrance – Proposed Perspective View from Broad Street - West
Forming the entrance – Proposed Steps and South Colonnade
Ground Floor Public Areas – Perspective View of Proposed Entrance Hall
Ground Floor Public Areas – Perspective View of Proposed Exhibition Gallery
Richard Ovenden Keeper of Special Collections & Associate Director, Bodleian Library Fellow, St Hugh’s College [email_address] 44 1865 2877158