Archive for February, 2012

OI Building Work


This Easter vacation the Oriental Institute is having many of its windows replaced. This may make the library quite noisy (and sometimes possibly quite cold), but we will be trying to keep up our normal opening hours. The work will happen in 4 main stages:
– The bike chain at the front of the building will be removed this Friday (24th Feb 2012). All bikes should be removed by 3:00pm or they will be left unsecured, no longer locked to anything.
– Then through the last weeks of term scaffolding will be erected, covering the front of the building.
– During the vacation itself the windows will be replaced. The Library is scheduled to be re-windowed from Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th of March, but this may change.
– Finally at the start of next term the scaffolding will be removed.


Exhibition: 36 Kasen: The 36 Immortals of Japanese Poetry


36 Kasen: the thirty-six immortals of Japanese poetry

3 February – 4 March 

This small display of illustrated manuscripts from the Bodleian Japanese Library will celebrate the thirty-six great poets. Despite their ancient history, the thirty-six poets, one of the most important and durable icons in Japanese culture, are virtually unknown outside Japan.

It’s in the Bodleian Temporary Displays space, the Old Library Entrance. Open 9am – 7pm Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday. Admission is free.

The Bodleian’s Exhibition website is: