A PUBLIC cafe could be created at an Oxford University science library.

Plans have been put forward to refurbish the Radcliffe Science Library as part of proposals to open the Parks Road facility to the public.

A feasibility study has suggested opening up the ground floor to the public, with a cafe, exhibition space and lounge, to encourage more people to take an interest in science.

As part of the study, the Bodleian Library is consulting students and researchers, scientists and academics, staff, public bodies and the public to see what they think of plans for the revamp.

The Radcliffe Science Library provides services to support the research and teaching of Oxford University's science faculty .

The Grade II listed building consists of 19th and 20th century wings with a 21st century linking structure and a large 1970s basement space.

A statement on the Bodleian's website said: "The changing needs of students and researchers in the sciences now challenge the suitability of the current physical design and the removal of Special Collections materials to the Weston Library provides an opportunity for the radical revision of services and spaces.

"The redevelopment of the RSL will enhance access to library resources, collections and specialist library staff through the transformation of the current library and technology to provide a world-class facility; the main function of the RSL as a library will not change.

"This project aims to meet the changing needs of the science divisions, the wider university and its communities, creating a dynamic new space which will transform the area and offer a multipurpose environment.

"The plan demonstrates a shared commitment to redevelop the physical library provision of the RSL."

A 'pre-feasibility study' was completed in late 2016 as a joint initiative by the Bodleian and GLAM (Gardens, Libraries And Museums), with the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences Divisions, and with support of the Humanities Division.

The study explored three different options for the space and the university's preferred option, developing the site for GLAM as a collections research and teaching centre and a refurbished Radcliffe Science Library, was last year approved for progress by both the university's buildings and estates sub-committee and capital steering group.

If the refurbishment goes ahead it will involve proposed changes across a number of levels including the ground floor.

Levels five, six seven and eight would remain as library spaces for readers, with refurbished areas for study and collections.

Levels two and three – the basement – would include seminar and teaching rooms as well as breakout spaces.

For further information about the project visit bodleian.ox.ac.uk/our-work/estates-projects/rsl-redevelopment