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Abstract: Named after Sir Thomas Bodley, the Bodleian Library is the main library of the

University of
Oxford. It is also a national legal depozit library which accommodates a wide range of
material and readers.
It is primarily a reference library without borrowing facilities. Because of its size and its
long history it is
one of the most important British libraries. Only a small proportion of the material held by
the Bodleian
Library is on open access in reading rooms; the rest is in closed bookstacks..
(bibliotec; Biblioteca Bodleian)

Cnd am aflat c toi cei care doresc s devin beneficiari ai acestei

trebuie sa citeasc cu voce tare i s semneze urmtoarea declaraie:
mi iau angajamentul de a nu sustrage nici un volum din bibliotec, de a
scrie pe cri, de a nu le rupe paginile, de a nu le deteriora n nici un fel;
de a nu aduce n
bibliotec nici o surs de foc; de a nu fuma n bibliotec; i promit s m
suspun tuturor
regulilor impuse de bibliotec

Scurt istoric
Biblioteca Bodleian este principala
bibliotec de cercetare a Universitii din Oxford
i o surs important de informaii pentru
nvmntul naional i internaional. n Marea
Britanie este a doua ca mrime dupa Biblioteca
Britanic, avnd un stoc de 6 milioane volume. A
fost numit dup Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613),
erudit i diplomat, care a donat o mare sum de
bani pentru organizarea bibliotecii pe locul unei
fundaii anterioare. Este, de asemenea, o bibliotec
naional pentru depozit legal, care funcioneaz
sub legea copyright-ului, privilegiu care dateaz
ncepnd cu acordul dintre Sir Thomas Bodley i
Compania de Librrii, din 1610, acord n urma
cruia Compania va dona bibliotecii o copie aflat n perfecta stare a
fiecrei cri tiprite
de ctre membrii ei. Mai trziu, Sir Thomas Bodley mpreun cu primii
bibliotecari, au
fcut o selecie: au favorizat intrarea n bibliotec a crilor n limbi
strine, pentru ca, de
exemplu, foarte puine dintre primele ediii ale dramaturgilor Iacobini sau


Before being granted access to the library, new readers are required to agree to a formal
declaration. This declaration was traditionally oral, but is now usually made by signing a
letter to the same effect ceremonies in which readers recite the declaration are still
performed for those who wish to take them, these occur primarily at the start of the
University's Michaelmas term. The English text of the declaration is as follows:
I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure
in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its
custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not
to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.
This is a translation of the traditional Latin oath (the original version of which did not
forbid tobacco smoking, though libraries were then unheated because fires were so
Latin oath:- Do fidem me nullum librum vel instrumentum aliamve quam rem ad
bibliothecam pertinentem, vel ibi custodiae causa depositam, aut e bibliotheca
sublaturum esse, aut foedaturum deformaturum aliove quo modo laesurum; item neque
ignem nec flammam in bibliothecam inlaturum vel in ea accensurum, neque fumo
nicotiano aliove quovis ibi usurum; item promitto me omnes leges ad bibliothecam
Bodleianam attinentes semper observaturum esse. (Leges bibliothecae bodleianae alta
voce praelegendae custodis iussu). One early reader bequeathed a fur coat to the library
to help future readers.

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