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Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library (bŏdˈlēən, bŏdlēˈən), at the Univ. of Oxford. The original library, destroyed in the reign of Edward VI, was replaced in 1602, chiefly through the efforts of Sir Thomas Bodley, who gave it valuable collections of books and manuscripts and in his will left a fund for maintenance. The library has one of the great collections of English books, including a major Shakespearean section; its extensive manuscript collection is especially rich in biblical and Arabic material. A new building for the library was opened in 1946. The Bodleian also maintains OLIS, the Oxford Libraries Information System, Oxford's online union library catalog, which contains records of the books, periodicals, and other items held by libraries within or associated with the university.


See H. H. E. Craster, History of the Bodleian Library, 1845–1945 (1952); A. G. and W. O. Hassall, Treasures from The Bodleian Library (1974); G. Walker, M Clapinson, and L. Forbes, The Bodleian Library: A Subject Guide to the Collections (2004).

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It will look at the six weeks Shen spent in Oxford as the guest of Thomas Hyde, Bodley's Librarian, and includes Sir Godfrey Kneller's life-size portrait of Shen, which was commissioned by James II in 1687, and is still part of the Royal Collection.
Rector of Baku branch of Lomonosov Moscow State University, full member of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Nargiz Pashayeva met with Bodley's Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries Richard Ovenden, and Head of the Bodleian Libraries Development Department of the University of Oxford Elaine Gallagher on April 23.
He has served on the staff of Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland (as Deputy Head of the Rare Books Section), the University of Edinburgh (as Director of Collections), and since 2003 at the Bodleian Libraries (first as Keeper of Special Collections, from 2011-2014 as Deputy Librarian, the Bodleian Libraries, then from 2014 as Bodley's Librarian).
Since his uncle's resignation of his post as Bodley's librarian in 1620, Richard and Thomas James had plundered the library's resources in search of ammunition in the war against Catholic doctrine.
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The figure of the librarian who stands against acts of censorship and destruction is richly realized in Thomas James, Bodley's librarian, who responded to the Vatican's 1562 Index generalis librorum prohibitorum--an example of the Counter-Reformation's religio-political use of bibliography--by editing the Index himself and then ensuring that the Bodleian acquired copies of all the books listed as prohibited.