The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University’s main research and reference Libraries and amongst the oldest libraries in the world, has launched a new online shop at The new transactional website has been designed and developed by Screen Pages (, the e-commerce agency, using Magento.

The Bodleian Library was refounded in 1602. Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. The Bodleian Libraries’ online store carries a wide range of exclusive products including stationary, home and clothing accessories, jewellery, art and music, all of which are designed and derived from the Libraries’ collections.

All profits help fund the Libraries’ collection and care of important books, manuscripts and papers.

The new website’s capabilities, developed in Magento, include:

- Beautiful, simple creative design
- Drop-down menus and filtered navigation
- Social media & community engagement (Facebook, Twitter)
- Reviews and testimonials
- Rich promotional tools including money & percentage off, bundles prices, free gifts etc
- Commidea payment gateway for online and telephone orders
- Full content management via Magento Administration Panel

Roddy Bedford, Head of Retail at The Bodleian Libraries, said: “The Bodleian Libraries are developing commercial operations on a number of fronts to help fund their important work. Online is a vital retail outlet for us and for our many visitors and friends. We have partnered with Screen Pages because of its depth of experience in e-commerce as well as its relationships with other institutions whose aims are shared with those at the Bodleian.”

Roger Willcocks, director of Screen Pages, said: “It’s a huge honour to be working with the Bodleian, one of the most famous and significant libraries in the world. We’re excited to be part of its growth plans and to help develop its online sales by an order of magnitude.”

Published on: 4:40PM on 6th January 2012