The library in question being the revamped New Bodleian, now known as The Weston Library. Still a ghastly concrete box on the outside, but much improved by the Blackwell Hall, an impressive glass-fronted ground floor area that is open to the public.
Liked – the space, the cafe and the Sheldon Tapestry of Gloucestershire.
Loved the exhibition areas, especially the Marks of Genius Exhibition which includes my Desert Island Discs choice of Aubedon’s Birds of America (1827-1838); undoubtedly the most beautiful book ever published (and with the additional benefit of being big enough to double as a temporary shelter).
Didn’t like the “new retail experience” – basically a dumbed down version of the Bodleian Shop.