​HRH The Duke of Cambridge formally opens the Bodleian’s Weston Library

The Duke of Cambridge visited the Weston Library today to formally open the building following its transformation by WilkinsonEyre, which opened to the public last year. During his visit, Prince William was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the conservation workshops and refurbished reading rooms.

More than 250 invited guests, including many of the donors who supported the project, gathered in the Library’s new Blackwell Hall to watch as the Duke unveiled a plaque to mark the major transformation of the building.

In his speech, the Duke said: ‘Everything stored here, or placed here for special exhibitions, for students and non-students alike will help us come into a better understanding of the past so that we may go into the future more fully equipped to deal with the challenges that face us.’

Bodley's Librarian, Richard Ovenden, said: ‘We are delighted to have welcomed the Duke of Cambridge to officially open the Weston Library. His visit comes exactly 70 years since his great-grandfather, King George VI, originally opened the building. Now the Weston Library is a world-leading centre for scholarship and research and a place for the public to discover more about the Bodleian and Oxford University’s unique and distinctive collections.’

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