Oxford Digital Library

provides central access to digital collections from across Oxford’s libraries.

The Oxford Digital Library is a gateway to digital collections from across Oxford’s libraries and provides a valuable starting point for those interested in digital resources. Oxford has a long tradition in digital scholarship and has developed  a number of library projects that focus on the digitisation of primary resources. The University is internationally renowned for its scholarly library collections, especially those from the Bodleian which has been a deposit library for almost 400 years.

Although these collections are widely used, there is a clear demand for a closer integration of collections of this kind.ODL aims to offer a digital library architecture which will allow centralised access to digital resources, both those it creates itself and those acquired from outside, using established standards of metadata.


The Digital Shikshapatri website provides online access to a treasure of the British Hindu cultural heritage that is held in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This fragile Sanskrit manuscript, called the Shikshapatri, was written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life.

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