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The Old Library, St John's College II

Built in 1596-8, the Old Library at St John's College was the first in Oxford to feature seats and desks between the cases. The roof was originally ceiled, concealing the irregular roof-timbers; these were exposed in the late 1800s, when ornate metal tie-rods were inserted to prevent the roof spreading. Until the second half of the 18th century, many of the books were chained. [England, 2016]

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