Digital.Bodleian

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Last updated: 8/14/18

Digital.Bodleian brings together years of digitization efforts at the Bodleian Libraries within a single innovative online resource. At present, Digital.Bodleian contains over 650,000 freely available digital objects and almost another 1 million images await release.

Digital.Bodleian maintains a shelfmark index. Clicking on a shelfmark will open the digitized object in the IIIF Universal Viewer, which can be easily shared or embedded. The list is not a complete account of everything in Digital.Bodleian; some items do not have shelfmarks.

Currently, Digital.Bodleian provides access to over 250 Greek manuscripts, a handful of Georgian manuscripts, and several examples of early printed books in Greek and Russian. The majority of these manuscripts were digitized as part of the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project.

Information about Western medieval manuscripts in the Bodleian Library can be found in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries: A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges (version 1.0, release date 4 August 2017). “Western” denotes manuscripts written in Latin, Greek, and the European vernaculars (including Slavonic languages). “Medieval” denotes manuscripts written before approximately 1500 and includes papyri from the classical period.

The Online Catalogues of Archives and Manuscripts provides information about manuscripts dating from c. 1500–c. 1900. This resource includes descriptions of archives and manuscripts which have been catalogued after 2001; some retrospective digital conversions of earlier unpublished catalogues; and collection-level descriptions of most of the collections catalogued in published hardcopy catalogues.

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