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About our special collections

The Bodleian Library's special collections are divided into two main groups: Western Manuscripts & Rare Books, Maps and Music and Oriental Manuscripts & Rare Books.Subject Guide

Oxford University humanities theses also form a part of the Bodleian Library's special collections.

In addition, Special Collections includes the University Archives, Oxford University's own administrative records.

For more complete guides to the Bodleian's special collections, please see the Catalogues & Finding Aids pages, or consult: The Bodleian Library: a subject guide to the collections, edited by Gregory Walker, Mary Clapinson and Lesley Forbes (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2004) (available from the Bodleian Bookshop).

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