OxShot #11 - John Henry Brookes Building

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By Katariina Kottonen

OxShot #11 - John Henry Brookes Building

Although the Old Bodleian Library (see OxShot #5) is a legendary study space, good enough for Harry Potter and friends — as evidenced by the scenes from the film adaptations — East Oxford has its own gem to offer. I am talking, of course, about the library and the Forum located in the John Henry Brookes Building.

Open to both students and public, the JHBB is refreshingly egalitarian in its access. Both the library and the study spaces nearby are open 24/7, and members of the public are welcome to browse, read, and overindulge in coffee — a Starbucks is conveniently located downstairs.

If you ever make it up Headington Hill, I wholeheartedly recommend visiting the John Henry Brookes Building. Alongside the Weston Library and the Blavatnik School of Government, it gives an understanding what modern academic environment can look like.

‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.


Kat Kottonen

Kat Kottonen

Katariina Kottonen is an author with an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford and an interest in everything. She is a contributor to The Oxonian Review and The Oxford Cultural Review and the founder of the Chance & Physics website as well as writing regularly for Oxford Writers' House


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