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Tradescant's Orchard

The White Date, 'ripe August 29', is one of a sequence of 66 watercolours of garden fruits, captioned and arranged by dates of ripening throughout the year, and often accompanied by charming depictions of fauna.

Magna Carta

The Bodleian has four of the seventeen surviving pre-1300 'engrossments' of Magna Carta, three of which date from 1217 and one from 1225.

William Shakespeare

'The First Folio' - This is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, published seven years after his death by two of his fellow actors.


What is Digital.Bodleian?

Digital.Bodleian is an effort to make portions of the Bodleian’s extraordinary library collections open to a wide variety of users from around the world for learning, teaching and research. The Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing library content for nearly twenty years and the result is hundreds of thousands of digital images which users can now search, browse, and download from here. All the content on this site is available for use under the terms of the Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0’ Licence.

The Digital.Bodleian project has been funded by the JISC as part of the Resource Discovery Programme.


While the Bodleian has been digitizing some of its special collections for over twenty years, this still amounts a fraction of our vast collection. If you would like to consult these collections, you will find information about some special collections through online resources such as SOLO or the WMSS catalogues. Some finding aids, such as card catalogues, are only available in reading rooms. The guides to all of our available finding aids are listed on the SCWMSS Catalogues & Finding Aids page. If in doubt, please contact us.