First opened to scholars in 1602, The Bodleian Library is one of the most celebrated libraries in the world. Not only are the collections of the Bodleian Library immense, but some of the original buildings erected in the 15th century still remain intact. Over the past four centuries, the Bodleian Library has continued to expand its collection and the combined library collections house more than 11 million printed items. "The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford’s unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society". The Bodleian Library is a major centre for studies in the 17th century and "holds several major collections of state papers", documents on war and peace, and collections illustrating the dominate British empire.