Richard Ovenden has been Bodley’s Librarian since 2014, and is the 25th person to hold the title, which is the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. In February 2022 he was also made Head of Gardens, Libraries and Museums at the University.
He sits on the Board of the Consortium of European Research Libraries, and the Council on Library and Information Resources and is currently President of the Digital Preservation Coalition. He holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2015. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019 and holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College.