Richard Ovenden OBE FSA FRSA (/ˈʌvəndən/; born 25 March 1964) is a British librarian and author. He currently serves as Bodley’s Librarian in the University of Oxford, having been appointed in 2014.] Ovenden also serves as the Director of the Bodleian Library’s Centre for the Study of the Book and holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College. Ovenden is a trustee of the Chawton House Library and vice-chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. In 2009, he was elected chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition, replacing Dame Lynne Brindley in a post he held until 2013. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, having been elected in 2008.

Books in order of publication:

John Thomson – 1997

Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge – 2020