Dr Jessica Gardner announced as new University Librarian

Reetika Subramanian 16 December 2016

Taking responsibility for more than eight million books and volumes, the University Library will have a new leader at its helm. Dr Jessica Gardner has been appointed as the University Librarian, a post previously held by Anne Jarvis, who gave up the post in September of this year.

Dr Gardner is only the second woman to take on the top role at the University Library since the post was first created in 1577, nearly 450 years ago.

“It will be an honour to join Cambridge and to lead one of the world’s great research and copyright libraries, rich with world heritage treasures,” said Dr Gardner, who will assume her new role in April 2017.

“The collections held by Cambridge span more than 4,000 years of recorded human thought. I’ll want to develop a shared vision with staff and students of the University to help build the Library’s global profile for its leading role in collection, shaping, preserving and inspiring world knowledge,” she added.

At present, Dr Gardner holds the post of University Librarian and Director of Library Services at the University of Bristol. She has previously held roles in the libraries of the Universities of Exeter and Leeds.