Bodleian Book Storage Facility Oxford University

University of Oxford

This £26m building for the University of Oxford is the first Harvard-model, high density book storage facility to be built in the UK, providing a storage solution for eight million volumes from the Libraries’ collections. It has an extended design life of 100 years and uses state-of-the-art design and a BRE tested sprinkler system integrated into the shelving to meet National Archives Standard BS 5454. Clad with insulated concrete panels that feature graphics representative of the books within and timber that provides a welcoming entrance and imparts warmth and human scale.

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