Digital Resources

The Library's digital resources are collected at The Library is gradually working to expand and develop its digital offerings.

Wren Drawings

After the death of Sir Christopher Wren's son, the College acquired almost half of the extant drawings, representing the full spectrum of Wren's career, including his work for the church, the crown, and the universities; many of the drawings show un-executed designs and preparatory sketches.

The collection has been catalogued by Anthony Geraghty, The Architectural Drawings of Sir Christopher Wren at All Souls College, Oxford: a Complete Catalogue (Aldershot: Lund Humphries, 2008). An online version of this catalogue, with links to images of the drawings hosted on Digital Bodleian, is available on the Library site.

All Souls College Estate Maps

The Hovenden Maps detail the College's estates, surveyed at the request of Warden Robert Hovenden, and were produced in the 1590s. These have recently been digitized and are an invaluable source for historians of land administration, husbandry, land usages, and the history of buildings; as well as for those interested in land ownership in the counties of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Middlesex. A more detailed introduction to the collection and a complete searchable listing of the maps, with links to the individual digital images, is available on the Library site. The digitized versions of the maps themselves are hosted on Digital Bodleian, where they are organized by portfolio.

Early Printed Books

Images of 38 early printed (pre-1850) items from the Library's collections are available online. 6 of these are accompanied by transcribed text.


Images of 14 items from the Library's manuscript collections are available online, as is a catalogue of the manuscripts, primarily transcribed from Coxe, H.O., Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of All Souls College (Oxford, 1842), with subsequent additions by library staff.


Images of a small selection of archival material are available online.

Library Blog: In Capitulis

The Library blog features articles on the history of the Library, the College, the Library's collections, and related topics.