Weston Library in Oxford opens to the public

Oxford University’s Weston Library, home to some of the nation’s most valuable literary treasures, opened its doors to the public this weekend following a three year £80m renovation by WilkinsonEyre.

To open the library, two modern-day genii Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough visited the Marks of Genius exhibition in the newly renovated special exhibition spaces. The celebrated physicist and distinguished broadcaster and naturalist joined donors and special guests to mark the launch of the first exhibition to be held in the Bodleian’s new Weston Library.

'The whole experience was one of the most important and memorable in the Bodleian's history,' said Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian. 'The feedback has been uniformly ecstatic, from long-time Oxford residents for whom this was their first time in a University building, to regular readers and senior academics delighted to see such a successful transformation of the building and wonderful presentation of our collections.'

More than 11,000 people visited the Bodleian's Weston Library for the opening weekend festivities.