This guide is intended for students and researchers studying Egyptology 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 Egyptology, including ebooks, ejournals and databases.
Oxford has the best collection for printed books on Egyptology 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 Egyptology in Oxford should expect to make use of both libraries.
Apart from these two major research libraries, Queen's College houses the Peet Library which comprises c. 3,400 books on Egyptology. It is open to all students of Egyptology of the University and anyone else who can prove that access to the collection will be beneficial to their studies. Registration is essential.
More information on finding books on Egyptology can be found on the Books page.
Oxford subscribes to many databases. For Egyptology you can additionally access a number of such databases freely online. Below, you can find a few key databases, and many more are listed in the databases page of this guide.
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:
Ashmolean Museum - The Ashmolean’s collections from ancient Egypt and Sudan are among the most extensive in Britain, with approximately 50,000 objects representing every period of human occupation in the Nile Valley from prehistory to the 7th century AD.
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 collection includes objects from Egypt and the Sudan.
The Griffith Archive is the largest archive of unpublished Egyptological material in the world, including manuscripts, photographs, slides, drawings, sketches, watercolours, correspondence, notebooks and dig diaries, indexes, plans of Egyptian monuments, and you can browse the collection via the online catalogue. Consultation of the collection is by appointment only.
The Bodleian Library holds some archival material, most importantly the Papers of Sir John Gardner Wilkinson. The great majority of this material is not on open access.