Digital collections



Opening the Bodleian's extraordinary library collections to users around the world for learning, teaching and research.


Other Special Collections digital resources

Broad collections

Polonsky Foundation digitization project
A digitized collection of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts, and incunabula (15th-century printed books) from the Bodleian and the Vatican Library.

Electronic Enlightenment (Access limited to University of Oxford card holders)
Letters and lives from the 18th century, based on best editions of primary sources in original languages and never before published documents. 

Early Modern Letters Online
A combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence.

What's the Score at the Bodleian?
Digitised copies from the Bodleian Libraries' collections of piano music intended for the amateur market in mid-Victorian Britain. 

The Bodleian Libraries' web archive
Access to the websites archived by the Bodleian Libraries in an effort to preserve them for future generations.


Individual archives

The Casebooks Project
A digital edition of Simon Formanís & Richard Napierís medical records 1596Ė1634.

The Thomas Gray Archive
A collaborative digital collection devoted to the mid 18th-century poet and scholar Thomas Gray (1716-1771).

William Godwin's Diary
Digital edition of the diary of William Godwin, political philosopher and author (husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley), which he kept between 1788-1836.

Shelley-Godwin Archive
The Shelley-Godwin Archive will provide the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, bringing together online for the first time ever the widely dispersed handwritten legacy of this uniquely gifted family of writers.

Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts, Digital Edition
Gathers together some 1100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austenís own hand, including the 'Volume the First' (and 'The Watsons') at the Bodleian Library.

Queen Victoria's Journals [direct access for UK users]
Queen Victoria's life through her digitized and transcribed journals. 

Queen Victoria's world
Additional maps and music related to Queen Victoria


Oriental manuscripts

Cairo Genizah
A catalogue of the Cairo Genizah manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, including digitised images of this large collection of fragments from the Bible, early rabbinic literature.

A digitised copy of Maimonides authorized copy of his major halakhic work, the Misneh Torah.

Digital Shikshapatri
Online access to a treasure of the British Hindu cultural heritage.



The Gough Map
An interactive, searchable edition of the Gough Map, together with contextual material.

The Selden Map of China
Exploring the history of the Selden Map of China (which arrived in the Bodleian Library in 1659) together with a zoomable image of the map itself.

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