CASE STUDY

SILENCE PLEASE...FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD’S BODLEIAN LIBRARIES' UNIQUE SCHOLARLY COLLECTIONS

The University of Oxford's Weston Library reopened to the academic community in autumn 2014 following a three-year refurbishment and now will be opening to the public on 21 March 2015. The Grade II listed building, formerly known as the New Bodleian, has three new reading rooms, research and teaching facilities and is the main home for the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections which are now located in the building.

The Bodleian Libraries is among the most celebrated library services in the world, not only for its incomparable collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, music, ephemera and maps, but also for its buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. The libraries are used by students and scholars worldwide and they are designed to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford.

Silence is critical for readers and researchers accessing the special collections at the Weston Library. For the washroom facilities, the project team was looking for a quiet hand dryer, without losing power efficiency. Another design factor was that, owing to this being an old building, many of the washrooms have limited space. Following a number of product demonstrations, Airdri’s ultra-slim, wall-mounted dryer, the Quad ™ was chosen.

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