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Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish studies

Collection Details

Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish studies held at Information Services: Main Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The collection comprises monographs and periodicals to support teaching and research in the history of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, Byzantine religion, art and culture, Islamic history of the medieval and modern periods, and the history of modern Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. The materials relate to the period from approx 500 to the present day.

History and development

Byzantine and Ottoman studies have long been strong areas of research and teaching at the University, and now form part of the University's Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity. It is the only centre in the UK which brings these subjects together in a single department. The library collections developed to support the Centre have been acquired since the late nineteenth century, and have particularly benefited from early purchases of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century archaeological and historical materials.


Particular strengths include collections of sources for Ottoman history; Byzantine diplomacy, accounts of travel and description; The partition of Cyprus and modern Greek-Turkish relations.

General arrangement and access regulations

Most of the material is on open access, arranged using the Library of Congress classification, but some less-used material is in Store (available within one working day, on request).

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.


Cyprus, Turkey.

Languages of material

English, French, Greek, Modern (1453-), Turkish.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Economics, History, Language, Literature, Religion.

Languages as linguistic focus

Greek, Modern (1453-), Turkish.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Serials, Theses.

Total size of collection

12,000 volumes

Size of collection - vernacular

5,000 volumes

Size of collection - western

7,000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has stayed the same.

Annual intake

400 volumes

Content date range

1850 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

Collection Catalogue Information


The online catalogue lists all periodicals and all printed books acquired from 1972 onwards. Many older books are on the online catalogue, but a (steadily decreasing) proportion of older stock is listed in card catalogues. New catalogues of archive and manuscript collections are regularly added to the online archive catalogue as they are completed. These include not only catalogues of newly catalogued collections but also catalogues for existing collections for which previously there had not been a catalogue in electronic format. However, as catalogues of many of our collections are still not yet available online, for more information about our holdings of archives and manuscripts researchers are advised to consult the Guide to Archives and Manuscripts on the Special Collections web site at:

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress (Arabic), pinyin (Chinese), ALA-LC Romanisation - modified (Greek), Library of Congress paradigm (Japanese), Korean Government new Romanization paradigm (Korean)

Catalogue scripts


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