Bodleian image viewer service update

Access to many of the Bodleian's digitized images has been compromised due to a recent hardware failure. The images on Digital.Bodleian are still fully accessible, but the images on the Bodleian's older viewing interface, viewer.bodleian, are temporarily unavailable. If you have been redirected to this page after clicking on a link to a digitized resource, it means that the resource you were trying to access has been affected by this service failure. The affected resources include some 800 books and manuscripts digitized by the Bodleian for the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project, as well as all of the images that have been digitized for the Serica project.


We are in the process of migrating the entire set of affected items to Digital.Bodleian, where they will be furnished with searchable metadata, IIIF manifests and IIIF image endpoints for improved access and performance. We plan to finish the migration of our incunabula, Greek manuscripts and Serica items by the end of July, and our Hebrew manuscripts by the end of August. We will be updating our lists of digitized items on this site as the work progresses, and you can also browse the growing collection of Polonsky and Serica items in Digital.Bodleian. 


We know that the temporary unavailability of these images is likely to pose a frustration and a hindrance to researchers, and we apologize for this. Where there is an urgent research need, we may be able to provide a small number of individual images through alternative means. To enquire about this, please email


The Vatican Library's digitized items have not been affected.