Digital Bodleian first launched in 2015 with the aim of bringing together digitized content from the Bodleian Libraries’ extraordinary and rich collections into a single portal. The Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing content since the early 1990s and Digital Bodleian was and is designed to enable access to that content for the widest possible audience.
Digital Bodleian quickly established itself as a key resource for research and teaching based on Bodleian Libraries’ collections, and usage has steadily increased over the years since launch.
The site has relaunched, in late 2020, with a new and improved search and discovery interface, which aims to
- Facilitate improved searching, filtering and browsing of collection items
- Improve display of item-level metadata
- Enable viewing and download of highest-quality resolution images for the purposes of non-commercial research and teaching
- Improve curation and delivery of Bodleian Libraries content, as well as the delivery of content on behalf of partners such as Oxford’s colleges and Digital Humanities projects