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The Sackler Library holds a large portion of the classical, art historical, and archaeological works belonging to the University of Oxfordmarker, Englandmarker.

History

The Library was completed in 2001 and opened on September 24 of that year, replacing the former library of the Ashmolean Museummarker. The library is located at 1 St John Streetmarker, to the rear of the Ashmolean. It was founded with a generous donation by the multi-millionaire Dr Mortimer Sackler.

Designed by architects Robert Adam with Paul Hanvey of Robert Adam Architects, it is a distinctive building, as the central block is circular. It is appropriate to its Classical purpose, as one of the outer walls is decorated by a mock-Classical frieze; also, its creators say that the entrance is based upon the Doric Temple of Apollo at Bassaemarker, first excavated by Charles Robert Cockerell, the man who designed the Ashmolean Museummarker..

Collections

Its holdings incorporate the collections of four older libraries, namely the Ashmolean library, the Classics Lending Library, the Eastern Art Library, and the History of Art Library. Major subject areas are:

The Heracles Papyrus, a fragment of 3rd century Greek manuscript containing a poem about the Labours of Heracles, is held by the library, along with over 100,000 fragments found at Oxyrhyncusmarker.

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