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Temporary Closure of Duke Humfrey's Library, December 2003

The Library regrets that it is necessary to close Duke Humfrey's Library to readers from 8 December 2003 until 5 January 2004.

It is necessary to remove asbestos from cupboards and other areas in the room, additional security measures need to be installed, and the cork floor tiles need to be sanded and resealed. When the August Bank Holiday Closed Week was abandoned a few years ago, the Library announced that reading rooms would have to be closed on a phased basis to enable maintenance work to be carried out.

Readers are asked to avoid ordering any early printed books, and medieval and early modern manuscripts, during the period of closure. There will be limited fetching from the Selden End open shelves except for those periods when physical access to the shelves is not possible. In cases of difficulty or to request more information, contact the Superintendent of Duke Humfrey's Library, William Hodges (telephone: Oxford (2)77150, e-mail:

Other Central Bodleian reading rooms including the Modern Papers Room will remain open until the Christmas closed period, which will start at 5 p.m. on 23 December, and will reopen on Monday, 5 January.

The Library much regrets the inconvenience this closure for essential maintenance work will cause.

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The University Counselling Service will be closed after Friday, 19 December, and will reopen on Monday, 5 January. The opening hours for 5–9 January inclusive will be 9.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m. From noughth week (Monday, 12 January) the usual hours of opening, 9.15 a.m.–5.15 p.m., will apply.

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Change to staff parking arrangements

The Harcourt Arboretum has changed its staff parking arrangements to ensure that staff passes are no longer displayed in the windows of vehicles. From 1 January 2004 all staff wanting to visit the Arboretum free of charge must display a parking permit. Permits may be obtained by writing to Katie Neill, Administrator, Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ.

Permits will be available to members of staff of the University and Oxford University Press. When applying for a permit, university staff members should state their name, department, staff identity card number, and the expiry date of the identity card. Members of staff of the Oxford University Press should state their name, department, and staff identity card number. Only one card per person will be issued.

The Arboretum is open on the following days and closed over the Christmas/New Year holiday:

March–November: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily (last admission 4.15 p.m.)

December–February: 10 a.m.–4.30 p.m. weekdays only (last admission 4 p.m.)

For further information, see the Web site at, e-mail on, or telephone the Garden office on Oxford (2)86690.

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The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:


                                      Appointed by

Professor S.D. Iversen                Mr Vice-Chancellor[1]
The President of Wolfson              ex officio
Professor T.H. Clutton-Brock          Council
Professor N.B. Davies                 Council
Professor N. Thrift                   Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor P. Harvey                   Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor Sir John Krebs              Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Professor G. Mace                     Life and Environmental Sciences Board
Dr D.M. Shotton                       Wolfson College 

[1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Statute IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 108).

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