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Manuscripts: Asian and Middle Eastern: How do I order manuscripts?

A guide to the finding aids available for Asian and Middle Eastern manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

Ordering manuscripts


To order manuscript and archival material, you will need to register with the Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts Requests service. You can then place orders via our online catalogues or by using a blank request form. Find out more about using Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts Requests.

Restricted items

Some items are restricted or require special permission before they can be consulted.

Remote readers

You can order items ahead of your visit using the Bodleian Archives and Manuscripts Requests service.


If you have any questions about an item, please contact

Special Collections Reading Rooms



For everything you need to know about the special collections reading rooms, please see the reading room guides.

Please be aware a maximum of 10 manuscripts or books only may be ordered at one time.

Last orders need to be submitted by 3.45pm for same day delivery. Orders placed after this time will arrive by approx 10.30am the following day, Monday-Friday.

If your material is in the stack at the Weston Library there is a 1 hour maximum fetch time, except for lunchtimes (1-2pm) when a 2 hour maximum fetch time is in place.

Limited fetching on Saturdays.

If your material is stored offsite, it will take 24 hours to arrive.

To find out if the material you are interested in is stored offsite, please contact us!

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