Bodleian Law Library roof repairs to start in August

This will involve replacing the roof structure; installing a new roof surface, skylights and rainwater drainage; cleaning and repairing brickwork; improvements to smoke detection systems; and internal redecoration. This will help preserve a historically and architecturally important building for the University and the wider city. There will also be a new passive ventilation system which will make the building more comfortable and reduce overheating in summer.

The works will require scaffolding inside and outside the building, including a temporary roof to protect it from the weather. The project is expected to last until 6 March, with internal scaffolding removed during the Easter holiday.

The Law Library will be open as usual throughout, although there will be some access restrictions while the scaffold is installed. Contractors and Estates Services staff will work closely with Library staff to minimise disruption; weekly meetings will take place with opportunities for questions and feedback.