Oxford University’s Bodleian Library has been provided with a new facility that is big enough to store as many as eight million books and maps.
The new storage facility, which has been created at a cost of twenty-six million pounds, near Swindon, Wiltshire, has 246 kilometers of shelving.
The facility will greatly solve the problem of lack of storage at the Bodleian Library, which is entitled to a copy of every book and map published in the UK.
The Bodleian Library has been receiving as many as 1,000 new books every day, leaving staff questioning where to put them.
The Bodleian Library, which had opened its doors in 1602, has housed copies of venerated texts, including the 13th century Magana Cart and a Shakespeare First Folio.
The facility has been estimated to have capacity to support the Bodleian Library’s projected collections’ growth over the coming twenty years.