Collections and Research

Understanding the Bodleian’s collections

The Bodleian Libraries have over one million items categorized as special collections. These items range from manuscripts and archives to rare books, printed ephemera, maps and digital collections. They are an incredible resource for scholarship and engagement. The largest concentration of special collections can be found in the Bodleian Library at the Weston Library.

Continuing to build our knowledge of the collections is an important aspect of our role as their stewards. Research led by curatorial staff, Bodleian Libraries staff, researchers and external scholars all contribute to this knowledge and grow our understanding of the collections.