Special Collections & Western Manuscripts

Keeper's Welcome

The Bodleian Library is one of the highest peaks in the landscape of international scholarship. We have been stimulating and supporting research (and undertaking it ourselves) for more than 400 years, and throughout this time it has been the rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps, music, and other primary research collections that have been at the forefront of this work.

Our collections continue to attract scholars to our reading rooms in central Oxford, and hundreds of thousands view our online catalogues and download our digital resources each day.

Our curatorial staff remain a valued scholarly resource within the University, and we offer numerous seminars, masterclasses, and other scholarly services to students here in Oxford, as well as our award-winning exhibitions, poetry readings, and other cultural events that are open to all.

Through the Centre for the Study of the Book and Bodleian Electronic Archives and Manuscripts we are developing new ways of bringing researchers together with curators, conservators, and digital library specialists to push the boundaries of scholarship further forward. Through our collaborative projects with international institutions and other partners, especially in the digital arena, we are contributing to global developments in the world of information, but in ways that remain true to our passionately-held traditions of scholarship, conservation, and the love of books.

We warmly invite you to the Special Collections at the Bodleian Library, whether here in Oxford, or through the internet, we look forward to helping you further your research.

Chris Fletcher
Keeper of Special Collections


Reader notice: From August 2014, Special collections will be moving into the Weston Library. For further information see the Weston Library project and the collections move pages.

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