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Oxford Inscriptions: Former Public Library


Inscription over library

 

STUDIES SERVE FOR:
DELIGHT, FOR ORNAMENT:
AND FOR ABILITIES

 

This inscription is over the entrance to the former public library (now the Museum of Oxford) on the corner of St Aldate’s and Blue Boar Street. The motto (from Francis Bacon’s Essay Of Studies).

The first Oxford public library opened in 1854 (full report in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 3 June 1854), and it moved into the above building on the corner of the new Town Hall in 1897. B. H. Blackwell was the first city librarian.

Westgate Library

The Central Library moved to the Westgate Centre in 1973, and this inscription is inside the library, but is included because it can be seen easily on the right-hand wall if you look through the door.

This Library was opened by
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH
THE QUEEN MOTHER
On the 31st October 1973

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013