The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library erected by the university to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. The combined collections of the Bodleian Libraries number more than 11 million printed items, 50,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in many other formats.
Nowadays, the Bodleian Libraries are visited daily by students, scholars and visitors from all over the world who are attracted to its vast repository of current and historical information.
The Libraries engaged with Squiz to redesign and redevelop three major websites using best practice in responsive design and integrating with Funnelback search technology.
With such a deeply-rooted sense of history, the project was going to have to strike a balance between the past and the present. This meant our team would need to update the site to have a contemporary feel and world-class functionality whilst also retaining the traditional feel and historical gravitas of the Libraries.
The project was an intricate one for a number of reasons including complex and conflicting needs of a diverse content, the depth and complexity of content, the need to create a view of a modern service while respecting the tradition and history of the organisation.
The Libraries have a devolved editing team so all technical solutions implemented had to be easily manageable by editors who are not experts.