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The Sackler Library is the premier research library for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford. It incorporates the libraries previously housed in the Griffith Institute and the Ashmolean Museum.
Subjects: Ancient Near East

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about books and electronic resources for Ancient Near Eastern Studies, including ebooks, ejournals and databases. 

Finding books on Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Oxford has the best collection for printed books on Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the British Isles and also offers access to a growing collection of ebooks on this subject. The physical books are held by the Sackler Library as well as the Bodleian Library, and anyone studying or researching Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Oxford should expect to make use of both libraries.

Apart from these two major research libraries, Wolfson College Library holds the Jeremy Black Collection in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. It welcomes qualified students and researchers to consult the collections during library staff hours. 

More information on finding books on Ancient Near Eastern Studies can be found on the Books page.

Key journals

The full range of Ancient Near Eastern Studies journals, in print and, where available, in electronic format (eformat), can be searched via SOLO or the eJournals A-Z. Below are a few of the top journals for Ancient Near Eastern Studies but you can find a longer list on the Journals page of this guide.

Key databases and dictionaries

Oxford subscribes to many databases. For Ancient Near Eastern Studies you can additionally access a number of subject-related databases freely online. Below, you can find a few key databases, and many more are listed in the Databases page of this guide.

Key Resources

Whilst collections and resources are focused on the Bodleian Libraries' collections, the following online library catalogues can be useful for locating copies in collections in the UK and Ireland as well as in collections worldwide:

Ancient Near Eastern Studies Subject Librarian

Susanne Woodhouse

Sackler Library

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Related Oxford University Institutions

Ashmolean Museum - The Ashmolean’s Ancient Near Eastern collections are among the finest in the world, ranging in date from the earliest farming communities of the tenth millennium BC to the spread of Islam in the seventh century AD, and including the second largest collection of cuneiform tablets in the UK. An overview of the recently refurbished gallery is given by its curator Paul Collins.

Griffith Institute - The Griffith Institute provides vital resources for the study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt and the Near East, which may be accessed directly, or online.

Oriental Institute - The OI is home to the University's Faculty of Oriental Studies.

Pitt Rivers Museum - Founded in 1884 the Pitt Rivers Museum houses the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. The Photographs of Arabia by Wilfred Thesiger are preserved in the Pitt Rivers Museum.