Of the 13 million items held by the Bodleian Libraries, over one million can be categorized as 'special collections'. Our special collections comprise manuscripts and archives, rare books, printed ephemera, maps, music and digitized collections in libraries across Oxford.
Finding special collections
You can explore many of our archives, manuscripts, maps and other notable collections online on Digital Bodleian. If you would like to view collections in person in one of our reading rooms, you will need to apply for access.
Using our special collections
How to get access to our special collections.
Order special collections
How to order special collections material for viewing in the Weston Library.
Reading rooms at the Weston Library
A guide to using reading rooms in the Weston Library, and help with handling special collections material.
Copying, scanning and photography
A guide to getting scans, photocopies and images of special collections material.
Information for institutions interested in loaning special collections material.
Browse our subject guides to special collections.
Some Bodleian Libraries hold special collections related to a particular subject area.
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