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Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed the Weston Library building in 1930. Located in front of the iconic Clarendon Building by Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Sheldonian Theatre by Christopher Wren, its renovation is the center of an ambitious revitalization project of the Bodleian Libraries complex, aimed at preserving its vast, unique collections of books and manuscripts.
Two galleries stand out among the recent improvements: the St. Lee Gallery, for temporary exhibitions, and the Treasure Gallery, for permanent exhibitions intended to exhibit masterpieces from the collections for the first time, such as the Magna Carta and a Gutenberg bible. The latter was designed to be a veritable jewelry box, using noble materials appropriate to the precious objects on exhibit.