Special Collections

Our libraries are now closed until further notice. 

If you are not a registered reader and you wish to consult specific items, please apply by email to sac-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk stating your identity, home institution, purpose of study and the item(s) you wish to consult. For access to the Library you will also need to obtain a Bodleian Libraries reader's ticket (see: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/getting-a-readers-card).


Rare book collection

Older and rarer material in the general classified sequences is kept in closed access (SOLO location: C RBR). Items may be consulted from Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00 and are subject to fetches at 10.30 am and 2 pm.

Please apply in person at the Help Desk or by email to sac-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.
Material should be consulted at the designated tables in the entrance area.

Wind Room

Materials housed in the Wind Room are titles primarily (with some exceptions) published 1500-1900. Their subject focus is, mostly, the survival of the classical tradition in Western culture, including Humanist Studies and iconography and iconology. Some publications on later artistic periods are also housed in this room.

Post 1900 publications formerly held in the Wind Room are now on the Sackler Library's open shelves, or housed offsite.

Arrangements for requesting items from the Wind Room are as for the Rare Books Room. Please note that since the Wind Room also functions as a seminar room there may be a delay in retrieving the requested items. A minimum of 24 hours' notice, therefore, is advisable.

For further information please view the online guide Edgar Wind and Oxford and/or contact the Art and Architecture Librarian (clare.hills-nova@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Haskell Collection

The Haskell Collection consists of materials collected by Professor Francis Haskell in the field of French 18th-19th century Salon criticism. It is divided between the Haskell Room and the Rare Books Room.

Arrangements for requesting items from the Haskell Room are as for the Rare Books Room.

For further information please contact the Art and Architecture Librarian (clare.hills-nova@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Library of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society

Most of the collection is housed on open shelves in the Papyrology Room and is available to registered readers and members of the OAHS. Some items are in the Rare Books Room and may be called up as per the rare book collection.


Please apply in advance to Charlotte Goodall (Classics Librarian) for access to archival material held in the Sackler, which includes the following collections:

  • Notebooks of J.G.C. Anderson
  • Papers of James Berry relating to Oxford church 'St. Peter in the East'
  • Papers and photographs of W.H. Buckler
  • Theodore Burton-Brown's notebooks on ancient Near Eastern archaeology
  • W.G. Collingwood's notes, drawings and photographs of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crosses and tombstones
  • John Dewar Denniston's notebooks and papers on Greek metre and language
  • Papers of Percy Gardner
  • Hartley Archive (files of archaeological correspondence to Brian Hartley)
  • Haverfield Archive (papers of F.J. Haverfield)
  • Indexes of catacomb pictures
  • Letters and postcards from Theodor Mommsen to F.J. Haverfield
  • Papers of August Mommsen
  • Papers of W.M.F. Petrie relating to Naqada, Ballas and Hu in Upper Egypt
  • Papers of Sir William Ramsay
  • Richmond Archive (papers of Sir Ian Richmond)
  • Papers of Hayman Rooke concerning Derbyshire archaeology
  • Papers of E.P. Warren and John Marshall (Transferred back to the Ashmolean Museum, Dept. of Antiquities, 09/2016)
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