The Book Storage Facility (BSF) stores lower-usage items from the Libraries' collections including books, maps, manuscripts, microfilms, periodicals and newspapers primarily from the 18th century onwards. The BSF was built as shelving space had been running out at the existing bookstacks across the Bodleian Libraries and in the temporary storage facilities already used by the Bodleian - both within Oxford Image of shelving within the Bodleian Libraries' Book Storage Facilityand across the UK.
The £26-million facility includes an incredible 153 miles of shelving to hold from 12-13 million items. Since opening the Bodleian has received 1,000 new books every working day through Legal Deposit, purchases, donations and archive bequests.
The BSF provides a timely and professional service to readers at the Bodleian's many libraries across the University of Oxford. Requests for materials are made online via the Bodleian's online SOLO catalogue. Items are retrieved and then delivered to Oxford via vans that travel between Swindon and Oxford twice a day. (Source: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/oua/news/2015/oct-19)