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Bodleianalia: Curious Facts about Britain’s Oldest University Library

Monday 27 March 2017

1 Hour


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Writer and editor Claire Cock-Starkey discusses the many fascinating facts, quirks of fate and eccentric characters that she uncovered as she looked behind the scenes at Oxford’s world-renowned Bodleian Library.

Which is the smallest book in the Bodleian Library? Who complained when their secret pen name was revealed in the library’s catalogue? How many miles of shelving are there in the book storage facility? What is the story behind the library’s refusal to lend a book to King Charles I? And, what is fasciculing?

Cock-Starkey was series editor of Schott’s Miscellany. Her latest book is Famous Last Words.

Presented by the Bodleian Libraries.