British Library launches sacred texts online resource

Discovering Sacred Texts is a free online resource that provides access to some of the library’s collection of sacred books, scrolls and scriptures

The British Library has launched a free online learning resource which includes over 250 digitised collection items on sacred texts.

Discovering Sacred Texts includes teachers’ resources, short films and articles written by academics, faith leaders and practitioners, library curators and cultural leaders.

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The resource allows visitors to explore the world’s major faiths through their sacred texts, ranging from some of the most well-known manuscripts of various religious scriptures to selections from over 100 texts that have been newly digitised and are available online for the first time.

Discovering Sacred Texts has been designed for religious education students, teachers and lifelong learners and features the six most practised faiths in the UK – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as a number of lesser-known faiths such as the Baha’I Faith, Jainism and Zoroastrianism.

Discovering Sacred Texts includes video resources on all six major religions

Alex Whitfield, head of learning at the British Library, said: “We are thirilled to be launching Discovering Sacred Texts, a new website drawing on the strength and diversity of the British Library’s faith collections.

“The site gives free access to an incredible range of texts, videos and curated articles relating to some of the world’s major faiths, which we hope will provide an invaluable tool for students, teachers and lifelong learners all over the world.”

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A series of public events will also take place associated with the launch of the new resource. A special event with Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s leading authorities on faith and scriptures, will explore the relationship with holy texts in the modern world on 17 October at the British Library.

More information about Discovering Sacred Texts is available at