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The premier research library for the study of Egyptology in Oxford University is the Sackler Library, which incorporates the Griffith Library which was housed in the Griffith Institute wing of the former Ashmolean Library.
Subjects: Egyptology

Egyptology Subject Librarian

Susanne Woodhouse

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Collection Overview

The premier research library for the study of Egyptology in Oxford University is the Sackler Library, which incorporates the Griffith Library which was housed in the Griffith Institute wing of the former Ashmolean Library. The smaller Peet Library is housed in the Queen's College and opened to qualified students. The Bodleian Library is an additional resource especially for rare and manuscript material.

Further details on the Electronic Resources held for Egyptology can be found on OxLIP+ here.

Image reproduced with the permission of Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

Libraries & Reading Rooms: Principal collections

The Sackler Library is home to the main research collections in Egyptology as well as Old World Archaeology, Art History, and Numismatics. The collection covers all aspects of Egyptology including all phases of the language, archaeology, history, religion, and civilization up to and excluding the coming of Islam to Egypt.

The majority of books in the Sackler Library are on open shelves. Many of the books and periodicals in the collection may be borrowed, although major reference works and all Eastern Art Library books are confined to the library.

The Bodleian Library has, by virtue of its copyright library status, accumulated a comprehensive collection of books in the field of British Egyptology. There are also numerous works on travel in Egypt, especially before the 20th century. There is also some manuscript material like the Wilkinson Papers. Most of this material is not located on open access.


Libraries & Reading Rooms: Associated collections

The Peet Library which is housed in the Queen's College is a small collection of books donated by Sir Alan H. Gardiner to honour the memory of the Egyptologist Thomas Eric Peet. It is maintained by the Professor of Egyptology.

The Griffith Archive housed in the south wing of the Sackler Library, is the largest archive of unpublished Egyptological material in the world. The material in the archive includes manuscripts, photographs, drawings, sketches, watercolours, papers, correspondence, notebooks, indexes, plans of Egyptian monuments, and more

Important eResources

Both the Bodleian Library and Sackler Library have facilities for readers to access online and CD-ROM databases through OxLIP+ which is available on any computer on the University network or remotely to members of the university. The major Egyptological resource available via OxLIP+ is the Online Egyptological Bibliography.

A major repository of digitized titles (mostly freely accessible) in Egyptology as well as Assyriology and classical studies is Abzu

Egyptology Resources is the first (August 1994) Egyptology website on the World Wide Web and continues to be among the best.

The EEF guide to internet resources for ancient Egyptian texts.

A useful resource for Egyptology-related websites is Intute: Arts and Humanities.

Also SISYPHOS provides access to Classical Archaeological and Egyptological websites.


Oxford University e-Journals, Oxford's electronic journal management system provides access to the periodicals on the Ancient Near East to which the University has online subscriptions.

Archéo-Nil is dedicated to the Prehistory and Protohistory of the Nile Valley and its environs. Summaries of all issues and full text for out-of-print issues.

British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (BMSAES) is a peer-reviewed academic journal, dedicated to presenting research on all aspects of ancient Egypt and Sudan.

ENiM (Égypte nilotique et méditerranéenne) is the first French electronic Journal of Egyptology. It deals with all aspects of ancient Egypt and is freely available.

Also see Egyptology Resources list of e-journals.

and  E-Journals and Digitized Paper Periodicals in Egyptology

Ancient and Near Eastern journals open access at

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