New sites saved on our delicious page

As it’s a while since the last time, a quick reminder explanation that we have a page on which we use to save links to useful free web resources as and when we come across them. Every now and then we’ll post a round-up of the most recent links saved on the blog, and you can always take a look at the full list at

Old Maps Online
The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.
William Elwood Civil Rights Lawyers Project
The William Elwood Civil Rights Lawyers Project tells the legal history of the civil rights struggle. The online interviews, which filled 273 tapes left to the library, are available through the library’s Virgo service. For more information see:
The John Carter Brown Library: Online resources
Portal to the online digitised resources of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.
Digital Schomburg | The New York Public Library
Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.
National Archives Print Shop
Online shop for prints from the National Archives collections. Includes many historic images, Civil War photographs, maps etc.
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
This site features links to online exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, and historical societies, as well as to museum online exhibitions with a significant focus on library and archival materials. The scope is international and multi-lingual. The online exhibitions included in this guide draw their inspiration and content primarily from library and archival materials, including, for example: printed books, book illustrations, manuscripts, photographs, printed ephemera, posters, archival sound and video recordings, artist’s books, and the book arts (engraving, marbling, and bookbinding, etc.). Although many of these online exhibitions were originally created to accompany shows held in the exhibition galleries of their institutions, a growing number exist in digital format only. The online exhibitions in this guide are keyword-searchable by title, subject, and the name of the sponsoring institution.
Guides and bibliographies – British Library Americas Collections
Archive | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Digitised documents from The King Center’s archive.
Social Explorer Maps: Demographic maps and reports of the United States 1790-
Interactive demographic maps of census data from 1790 to present, as well as religious data maps 1980-2000 and time series maps for New York and Los Angeles.
Flickr: Boston Public Library’s Photostream
Delaware Heritage Collection
Digital collections from the Delaware Public Libraries, Delaware Public Archives and others.

E-resource trial: Accessible Archives (until 2nd April)

We are currently trialling the American History collections available through Accessible Archives. Accessible Archives offer access to a variety of primary sources for 18th and 19th century American history, including historic newspaper archives, county histories, and documents relating to the Civil War. A full list of the sources included in the database is available at

This trial runs until 2nd April and is accessible via OxLIP+ (sign in first for remote access) or directly via the Accessible Archives website. Please send any feedback to

Easter Vacation Opening Hours

Our opening hours/closed periods over the Easter vacation are as follows:

Week beginning 12th March through to week beginning 16th April:

Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday (6th-9th April)

This Saturday (10th March) is the last Saturday open until Trinity Term.

Postgraduates and Academics: Help the Libraries and get a £10 Amazon voucher

Bodleian Libraries will be running a focus group in week 8 to gather feedback on our forthcoming “scan on demand” service which will allow readers to order scans of library materials such as books, journals etc held in the library bookstacks. The focus group will take about one hour and participants will be thanked with a £10 Amazon voucher. If you would be interested in participating please email with the name of your department, your academic status (e.g. postgraduate, research staff, academic) and your telephone number.