About GLAM

The Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), formerly known as Academic Services and University Collections (ASUC) comprise the four University museums, the Bodleian Libraries and the Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum.  

The collections embodied within these departments are an essential part of the University’s wider nature and mission. They are part of its heritage as the country’s oldest university and now form a resource of national and international importance for teaching, research and cultural life; they also make a major contribution to the University’s outreach and access missions.

Under the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Resources & Information Systems), GLAM exists to represent these six departments and to coordinate related budgets, policy and strategy in support of the University’s academic, research and teaching activities, and its heritage and legal responsibilities. 

The GLAM Secretariat, under the direction of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, provides coordination and support for the six GLAM departments.

The cost-effective provision of world-class resources in support of (a) teaching and learning (b) research, and (c) access and outreach for the University of Oxford and, where appropriate, national and international users and audiences. To secure staff and non-staff resources, equipment and an estate optimally fitted to achieve those objectives.

Each of the departments in GLAM has a governing body prescribed by Statute or Regulation: the Curators of the University Libraries and the Boards of Visitors of the individual museums and of the Botanic Garden.

The GLAM Group falls within the portfolio of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Resources and Information Systems), who chairs an overarching Strategy Group, comprising the directors of the main constituent departments.


The GLAM Secretariat was responsible for the administration of three licensing schemes on behalf of the University as a whole: those of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and the Open University Off-Air Recording Scheme. In September 2017 responsibility was transferred to the Bodleian Libraries.

Other websites administered by the GLAM secretariat

Contact us

For contacts for GLAM departments, see the individual department's own site. To identify the contact for a particular committee, see the committees list (SSO protected).

For all general enquiries about GLAM, please contact:

  • Email: glam@admin.ox.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270041
  • Postal address: Gardens, Libraries and Museums, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

For further internal contacts, please see the GLAM Officers page (SSO protected).

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