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A new graduate college at the University of Oxford, with a focus on 21st century interdisciplinary research.

Radcliffe Science Library facade

The Radcliffe Science Library (on the corner of Parks Road and South Parks Road) temporarily closed to readers in December 2019 in order to begin major refurbishment works. The works expected to continue until autumn 2021. In the meantime, the majority of books and services have been relocated to the Vere Harmsworth Library.  Overall, the redeveloped building works will create a college home for the new Reuben College (formerly Parks College), a 21st century science library, and a new museum collections centre to facilitate collections-based teaching, research and engagement.

For future updates about these projects, please visit the Reuben College website. You can also sign up to receive news by email:

About the Project

The Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) building is located on the corner of Parks Road and South Parks Road in the Oxford University Science Area, which is also within the city’s Central Conservation Area.The RSL site is being redeveloped to create modern library facilities open to all Bodleian readers; fresh spaces for communal dining, collaboration, exhibitions and public events; and a museums collections centre to facilitate collections-based teaching, research and engagement, and which will also provide high-quality storage for the University collections. In addition, the new graduate society, known as Parks College, will be integrated into these refurbishment plans for the building, creating a new research and social community for graduate students and academic fellows of Parks College. Read more.

June 2020 Update

Oxford University has received a landmark £80 million donation from the Reuben Foundation that will transform Oxford’s newest college and establish a major new scholarship programme for graduate and undergraduate students. Initially named Parks College for its location on Parks Road, the college is now set to become ‘Reuben College’, in recognition of the historic gift that secures its vision of a diverse, dynamic research community working on some of the key issues of our time. Read more


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