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Radcliffe Camera Architecture
The Oxford Radcliffe Camera (also called “the Rad Cam” in Oxford), is a building in Oxford, England. Radcliffe is designed by James Gibbs in the English Baroque style and built in 1737-1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library. The building was funded by a £40,000 bequest from John Radcliffe, who died in 1714. Nicholas Hawksmoor proposed making the building round.
Oxford Radcliffe Camera
Radcliffe Camera became additional reading rooms of the Bodleian Library after Radcliffe Science Library moved into another building. It now holds books from the English, History and Theology collections, mostly secondary sources found on undergraduate reading lists. There is space for around 600,000 books in rooms beneath Radcliffe Square.
The term “camera” translates from Latin as “room” or “chamber.”
Views around the Radcliffe Square: All Souls College, Brasenose College, (Hertford College, Lincoln College, The Radcliffe Camera, The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and Bodleian Library.
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