This guide is intended for researchers studying the history of printed images and those who wish to locate special collections of printed images in the Bodleian Libraries.
Use this guide to find out about the Bodleian's special collections of printed images and also of printing surfaces (principally woodblocks and engraved or etched metal plates), and any books and online resources relating specifically to these collections.
Images in a range of media are found within the Bodleian's Special Collections. Drawings, prints and photographs, as well as copper plates from which pictures were printed, form parts of several collections which the Bodleian has acquired since the 17th century. Prints and illustrations of distinct kinds can be found in seven named collections:
Details of what can be found under each collection, along with advice on how to access them, are under the specific tabs for each collection.