Department of Oriental Collections

The Library has acquired Oriental printed books and manuscripts since its refoundation in 1598 by Sir Thomas Bodley, himself a Hebraist. The Department's current acquisitions largely reflect the teaching and research undertaken in the University in Hebrew, Islamic, South Asian and Far Eastern studies, and important collections are also maintained in areas such as Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Tibet.

The Department has holdings of some 500,000 volumes. Many of its collections have an importance that is truly international, and are being made accessible to scholars through both published and automated catalogues.

Oriental Institute Library

Bodleian Japanese Library

Institute for Chinese Studies Library

If you need to get in touch with the Department, direct your enquiry to the general address:

Department of Oriental Collections
Bodleian Library
Oxford OX1 3BG

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277033
fax: +44 (0) 1865 277029
e-mail: oriental@bodley.ox.ac.uk