Curators of the University Libraries

The Curators of the University Libraries (CUL) are responsible to the University for, among other things, ensuring that provision is made for the University's library and information requirements for teaching and research and for ensuring that the University's major research libraries, including the Bodleian, Sackler, and Taylorian Libraries, are maintained as a national and international scholarly resource.

The Curators are responsible for the major research and faculty libraries. Departmental and college libraries are answerable to their own institutions, although the Curators have a general duty to advise the University on all matters relating to the provision of library services. Bodley's Librarian is responsible for the administration of those libraries which are within the remit of the Curators.

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Membership as at MT 2020 will be as follows


  Name Conditions of appointment Until
[1] Professor Anne E Trefethen, St Cross The Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Gardens, Libraries and Museums, who shall be chair ex officio
[2] The Senior Proctor (Professor Simon Horobin, Magdalen) One of the Proctors or the Assessor as may be agreed between them ex officio
[3] Mrs Tania Boyt (Council and PRAC member)

Four persons appointed by Council, of whom one shall be a member both of Council

and of its Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, and of whom two shall be external persons

MT 2021
[4] Professor Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University As above MT 2023
[5] Dr Jessica Gardner, University of Cambridge As above MT 2022
[6] Professor Philip N. Howard, Oxford Internet Institute As above MT 2022
[7] Professor Katherine Southwood, St John’s One member of the Humanities Divisional Board, appointed by the Board MT 2021
[8] Professor George Ratcliffe, New One member of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board, appointed by the Board MT 2021
[9] Professor Georg Holländer, Jesus One member of the Medical Sciences Divisional Board, appointed by the Board MT 2021
[10] Dr Nicholas Owen, Queen's One member of the Social Sciences Divisional Board, appointed by the Board MT 2023
[11] Dr Mark A Smith, Kellogg One person appointed by the Continuing Education Board MT 2021
[12] Professor Emma J Smith, Hertford  One of four members of Congregation elected by Congregation MT 2021
[13] Dr Georgy Kantor, St John’s  As above MT 2023
[14] Professor David Pyle, St Anne's As above HT 2021
[15] Dr Sarah Ogilvie, Harris Manchester As above MT 2023
[16] Ms Joanna Snelling, Corpus Christi One person elected by the Conference of Colleges MT 2022

Tucker Drew, OSU Vice-President (Access and Academic Affairs)

Two sabbatical trustees of Oxford University Student Union MT 2021
[18] Lauren Bolz, OSU Vice-President (Graduates) As above MT 2021
  Dr Perry Gauci Co-opted MT 2022
  Professor Alastair M Buchan, Corpus Christi Co-opted MT 2021

Secretary:  Bodley's Librarian and Director of University Library Services (Mr Richard Ovenden OBE, Balliol)
Assisted by: Mr Joe O'Connor, Administrative Officer (Governance), Planning and Council Secretariat



Meetings are held on the Mondays of second and ninth week of Michaelmas Term and of eighth week in Hilary and Trinity Terms. The suspended second week meetings in Hilary and Trinity Terms might be scheduled again, should they be required.


Date Time Room
Monday 19 October 2020 2.00 pm Online
Tuesday 1 December 2020 10.00 am TBC
Monday 8 March 2021 2.00 pm Bahari room, Weston Library
Monday 14 June 2021 2.00 pm Bahari room, Weston Library


This page contains minutes from meetings held in the last 5 years.

Should you require minutes from earlier meetings please contact

Meetings 2019-20    
21 October 2019 Agenda Minutes
3 December 2019 Agenda Minutes
9 March 2020 Agenda Minutes
15 June 2020 Agenda  


Meetings 2018-19    
15 October 2018 Agenda Minutes
3 December 2018 Agenda Minutes
21 January 2019 Agenda Minutes
4 March 2019 Agenda Minutes
17 June 2019 Agenda Minutes


Meetings 2017-18    
16 October 2017 Agenda Minutes
4 December 2017 Agenda Minutes
5 March 2018 Agenda Minutes
11 June 2018 Agenda Minutes


Meetings 2016-17    
17 October 2016 Agenda Minutes
5 December 2016 Agenda Minutes
6 March 2017 Agenda Minutes
8 May 2017 Agenda Minutes
12 June 2017 Agenda Minutes


Meeting 2015-16    
19 October 2015 Agenda Minutes
7 December 2015 Agenda Minutes
7 March 2016 Agenda Minutes
13 June 2016 Agenda Minutes


Meetings 2014-15    
20 October 2014 Agenda Minutes
8 December 2014 Agenda Minutes
26 January 2015 Agenda Minutes
9 March 2015 Agenda Minutes
28 April 2015 Agenda Minutes
16 June 2015 Agenda Minutes


A revised system for Divisional communication with the Bodleian Libraries regarding libraries provision and strategy, Committees for Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS), was agreed by Council (29 April 2013). In Trinity Term 2014 Curators of University Libraries reviewed the operation of the CLiPS (see CUL[13/14]70 and related minutes of the meeting of Curators, 16 June 2014).

  • Humanities CLiPS 
  • Medical Sciences CLiPS 
  • Social Sciences CLiPS
  • Continuing Education CLiPs


For the regulations of the Curators of the University Libraries please click here:


Contact us

Joe O'Connor

Administrative Officer (Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat