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The Bible Collection: A Resource Guide from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Search Strategies

The Library of Congress Online Catalog is the main access point for the Library's collections, providing access to 9 million bibliographic records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library's collections. The tips on this page provide strategies for locating rare materials in the Library's online catalog.

The link below will take you to a prepared advanced search in the Library of Congress' online public access catalog. Press the search button in the new window and scroll down to see a list of titles in the Bible Collection.

Are you looking for a Bible written in a particular language? Try searching the catalog in the following way: Bible. Language of choice.
See some examples below. You may want to sort the result by date in order to find material housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

If you are seeking a specific version of the Bible, you will want to do an advanced search in the online catalog using the drop-down menu for a "Title Uniform (KTUT):

  • In the uniform title field, you will want to search in the following way: Bible. Language in which the bible has been printed. Full version name.
  • If you are looking for a particular version printed in a certain year, you can add that printing date to the end of the formula. For example: Bible. English. Authorized. 1782.

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are helpful when searching in the online catalog. Authorized subject headings include standardized topics, names, places, titles, and forms/genres of material. To get you started, the linked subject headings below will perform canned searches in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Sorting results by oldest to newest may help locate material in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Significant progress has been made in recent years to provide online cataloging records for the Rare Book and Special Collections Division's holdings. The phrase “Request in: Rare Book/Special Collections Reading Room” appears at the bottom of online records for rare books:

If the book is in a special collection within the division's holdings, an abbreviation of that collection name is part of the call number. Examples include "Kislak Coll" for the Jay I Kislak Collection, “Am Imp” for the American Imprint Collection, and "Bible Coll" for the Bible Collection.