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Bodleian Library Records


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The Bodleian's collection of Library Records preserves a variety of material that reflects the administration and daily concerns of the Library over a period of four hundred years. It includes papers concerning Library finances, the construction and repair of buildings, the acquisition and cataloguing of collections; correspondence with donors, depositors and enquirers; and records of readers' admission and book orders.

These papers are of historical significance and preserved for the benefit of researchers. Not all series are complete and some material under fifty years old remains closed.


  • Creation: 1600-1985


592.35 Linear metres (5385 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Hebrew
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio reference, where available, e.g. Library Records b. 828, fol. 16].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Library Records a.1-f.9; MS. Autogr. c. 16, fol. 24 + S.N.; JL 664

Collection ID (for staff)

Library Records A-G, CMD ID 16203, 16205, 22264


Administrative records generated by the Bodleian Library, 1600-1985.

Biographical / Historical

The Bodleian Library is the principal library of the University of Oxford. It incorporates an earlier library that housed the collection of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester and brother to Henry V, which opened in 1488.

For further details see A Brief History of the Bodleian Library by Mary Clapinson, Bodleian Library, 2015.


The collection has been organised into five series: administration, collections, public relations, modern Bodleian departments and unofficial papers of Bodleian employees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records preserved as the historic archive of the Bodleian Libraries.


Catalogue of Bodleian Library Records Library Records A-G, CMD ID 16203, 16205, 22264
Theodora Boorman and Oliver House
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in: English, Latin script.
Edition statement
Second edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom