Stat of the day: £26m

The cost of a new warehouse opening today in Swindon to store the overspill of books from Oxford's Bodleian Library

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 07 Oct 2010
With Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries obliged to house every book published in Britain – currently at the rate of 1,000 a day – it’s no wonder they’re running out of space to store them.  Not content with already expanding to a former salt mine in Cheshire, the university has now chosen Swindon to house what can only be referred to as the least popular pieces of work. The Book Storage Facility has 153 miles of shelving and enough space to support the libraries for the next 20 years. The new hottest destination in Swindon?

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