What content is available in Arcadian Library Online?

Arcadian Library Online brings together a digital archive of the Arcadian Library’s collection of books, documents and manuscripts showcasing the shared cultural heritage between the Middle East and the West. The library’s holdings will be digitised in thematic collections – the first to be made available is History of Science and Medicine. Read more about the collection here or download a title list. Future content releases will include themed collections on Europe and the Ottoman World and Travel and Exploration.

How was the collection curated?

The collection was curated by the chairman of the Arcadian Library in consultation with researchers and subject matter experts.

Are translations of the collection items available?

The collection items are available as facsimile images in the original source language, without HTML full text or additional translations.

What time period is covered?

The library holdings span from the 8th to 20th centuries.

Will the resource be updated?

Individual collections will not be updated but we will be gradually adding new collections to the digital library as they are digitised. Each collection is available to purchase individually.

Who is the resource for?

Arcadian Library Online is an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers in World History; History of Ideas; History of Science and Medicine; History of Philosophy; Middle Eastern Studies; Turkish and Ottoman Studies; Literary and Cultural Studies; and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


What search and browse options are available?

There are multiple ways of navigating the content:

How do I use the imager viewer?

There are a number of ways to view archive images:

Can I save items for reading later?

Yes! It's quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters or other items to view later, organise saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.

Follow the link in the header to 'Sign in to your personal account': you then have the option to sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or to select 'Sign up now' and enter a few personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.

Please note you can use the same Personal Account details to sign in on multiple Bloomsbury platforms, including Bloomsbury Popular Music, Drama Online, Churchill Archive and other forthcoming resources.

Can I print and download images and articles?

Yes, you can print and download individual commentary articles and archive images. All use of the site content is subject to our Terms and Conditions: printing and saving should be for personal use, and standard copyright restrictions apply regarding unauthorised copying and distribution.

How do I cite texts from Arcadian Library Online?

From the content page, click on the 'cite' icon to view formatted citations in APA, MLA and Chicago citation styles. You can also download a file in RIS format for importing into reference manager software.

What are special features?

Special features help you navigate to pages with additional features including marginalia, illustration, fold-outs etc. You can browse titles with special features through 'Explore Library' by Special Feature. If a volume includes special features, you can expand the listing at the foot of its volume record and navigate directly to the pages listed.