HE Archive does not hold a copy of every book, pamphlet, map, or journal the Press has ever printed: such a collection would amount to hundreds of thousands of items.

The collection does include a typographical library of about 1,000 titles, mostly non-Oxford, from the 16th century onwards. This is made up of works collected by OUP's printers as noteworthy examples of fine printing. There is a similar collection of general works on printing and publishing history, including journals such as Signature and The Fleuron.

In addition, the Archive holds a large collection of Oxford bibles and prayer books from the 17th century onwards, from lectern bibles to the small 'thumb' editions (right) produced early in the 20th century.