Bloomsbury Publishing Digital Resources for HE: Subscription Agreement 2020-23

  • Start: 1 Jun 2020
    Expiry: 31 May 2023
  • Description:

    The Bloomsbury Digital Resources subscription agreement currently includes the following collections: Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts, Bloomsbury Architecture Library, Bloomsbury Design Library, Screen Studies: Bloomsbury and Faber Screenplays and Criticism, Screen Studies: BFI Film Classics, Screen Studies: BFI Film Studies, Bloomsbury Popular Music, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Bloomsbury Early Years, Human Kinetics Library, Bloomsbury Food Library, Bloomsbury Cultural History, Bloomsbury Medieval Studies, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers, Theology and Religion Online: T&T Clark Theology Library, Theology and Religion Online: T&T Clark Jesus Library and International Arbitration

Product overview

Higher Education Institutions may subscribe to the following options within the Bloomsbury Digital Resources Agreement:

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts
This comprehensive resource offers instant, searchable access to over 170 books which combine visual inspiration with practical advice on idea generation, research techniques, portfolio development and more, across the main visual arts disciplines including Fashion and Textiles, Design and Illustration, Photography, Film and Media, Architecture and Interiors, and Marketing and Advertising.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library
Offers access to a carefully curated collection of fully-searchable text and image content, incorporating the new edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, exclusive to the platform and produced in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London. The resource also contains more than 40 e-books on topics ranging from architecture and architectural history, to theory, design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors. Building Pages bring together the most essential information about the world's most important buildings, including a building's location, dates, architects/designers, building type and key materials.

Bloomsbury Design Library
Offers cross-searchable access to a broad range of reference works, e-books, images, designer pages, and exhibition collections. Reference works include the landmark, 3-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, World History of Design – a multi-volume work by eminent design historian, Victor Margolin, 17 online exclusive articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, and The Encyclopedia of East Asian Design, the first comprehensive publication to focus on East Asian design and its histories.

Screen Studies: Bloomsbury and Faber Screenplays and Criticism
An essential resource for academic and students engaged in research and learning in film history, theory, and practice. This collection that explores award-winning screenplays, critical, contextual and practical books on films and filmmaking from the late nineteenth century to the present, expert overview articles on key themes, and an interactive timeline of cinema history to enhance contextual understanding.

Screen Studies: BFI Film Classics
Brings together titles from the award-winning BFI Film Classics series which introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. Each title offers a sophisticated but accessible argument for the film's 'classic' status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author's personal response to the film.

Screen Studies: BFI Film Studies
Contains titles from BFI Publishing’s pre-eminent and foundational list of books on film history, theory, national cinemas, genres, film-makers, and stars. The collection includes authoritative overviews, archivally-based cinema histories, and landmark works in film criticism and theory.

Bloomsbury Popular Music
Brings together more than 130 volumes of the 33 1/3 book series, multiple volumes of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (EPMOW), together with an expanding range of scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list in a single cross-searchable platform. An illustrated Timeline of Popular Music back to 1900, including dates of 33 1/3 series albums, provides an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles. The interactive World Map enables users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region that is most relevant to their work. The resource also contains Artist Pages which provide biographical information on hundreds of artists and musicians.

Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
Using highly structured and original content, users can easily study and compare countries through six key education levels: early childhood education, childhood, youth, primary education, secondary education, and higher education. Combined with existing e-books, articles, and helpful research tools, students can study and build an understanding of education systems, policies, and the nature of childhood and youth experience in different countries throughout the world. Includes 400+ peer-reviewed articles, country overview articles, over 70 academic e-books, the Education Around the World reference series across 18 volumes, and more than 60 policy reports from the World Bank Group Open Knowledge Repository.

Bloomsbury Early Years
The ultimate online resource for early years settings, with over 2,000 activities linked to the curriculum. Ideas are sorted and organised by EYFS area, Development Matters, Characteristics of Effective Learning and more. Whether you need to find ideas for cookery, outdoors, or learning maths through stories, we have got it covered. Written by experienced practitioners, the resource provides tried-and-tested activities you can trust, all in one place and accessible whenever you need them.

Human Kinetics Library
Human Kinetics, the market leader in academic publishing in sports science and physical activity, presents a ground-breaking digital way to access their highly valued content. Employing Bloomsbury Digital Resources’ multiple award-winning platform technology, the Human Kinetics Library offers students, instructors, and researchers unrivalled access to over 150 sports-related titles. Containing both eBooks and videos, the platform is fully cross-searchable and mobile responsive. Its user-friendly platform features an engaging, easy-to-navigate interface and sophisticated indexing and searching tools, allowing for straightforward research and discoverability at chapter level.

Bloomsbury Food Library
Home to a wide range of reference works, scholarly e-books, image collections, lesson plans, and bibliographic guides to assist teaching and research. An essential resource for students, researchers, and scholars studying food, and on courses as wide-ranging as history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, sustainability, agriculture, culinary arts, literary studies, political science, and development studies. Reference works include Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, the Cambridge World History of Food, and Bloomsbury’s Cultural History of Food in six volumes.

Bloomsbury Cultural History
An extraordinary, fully cross-searchable digital resource that engages with culture throughout the ages from antiquity to modernity, providing digital access to Bloomsbury’s cutting-edge Cultural Histories series as well as an extensive e-book collection, over 2,300 images from the Wellcome Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rijksmuseum, and supporting features like lesson plans and an interactive timeline. The Cultural Histories Series offers an authoritative survey of a wide range of subjects throughout history. Each subject is explored across Antiquity, the Medieval Age, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire and the Modern Age.

Bloomsbury Medieval Studies
An interdisciplinary digital resource with a global perspective which will open up the medieval world for students and scholars, bringing together high-quality secondary content with visual primary sources, a brand new reference work and material culture images. The resource contains more than 150 scholarly books including primary texts, research monographs, companions and more from Bloomsbury, IB Tauris, Arc Humanities Press and Amsterdam University Press. In addition, the Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages is a new and exclusive reference work written by an international group of scholars which combines thematic overviews, regional overviews and core case studies. The resource also contains exceptional visual sources, including newly-digitised and rare incunabula from Senate House Library, high-resolution medieval maps from the British Library, and 1,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
Featuring thousands of critical biographical entries on individuals who have contributed to the history of thought and philosophy, this platform helps users to discover a global history that covers a broad range of traditions, subjects, schools of thought, and regions. The Encyclopedia contains more than 8,000 entries with thinkers from North America, Britain, Ireland, the Middle East, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. 2020 will see the addition of thinkers from Asia, Latin American and Africa.

Theology and Religion Online: T&T Clark Theology Library
The T&T Clark Theology Library brings together the most important works of 20th century Christian Theology and exclusive supporting material, all accessible through the same easy-to-use interface. Designed for scholars and students of all levels, the resource will provide access to over 100 classic texts by major theologians including Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Barth, Colin E. Gunton, Eberhard Jungel, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Karl Rahner, Thomas F. Torrance and John Webster; some of which are made available digitally for the first time. The Library offers exclusive digital access to Karl Barth's major work, Church Dogmatics (31 volumes), exclusive, in-depth overview articles on the work of each theologian, and extensive bibliographic guides providing overviews of all the key readings on major topics, thinkers and themes (added to the resource every year after launch).

Theology and Religion Online: T&T Clark Jesus Library
Dedicated to the study of Jesus and Early Christianity, the T&T Clark Jesus Library provides rich, comprehensive and curated coverage of this core topic within Biblical Studies and related fields. Featuring major reference works such as the exclusive The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, classic writings by leading scholars, a large collection of eBooks and companions, as well as exclusive new articles and bibliographic guides, the resource will support students and scholars of all levels. Designed to be easy to use and highly engaging, the resource also includes hundreds of images, an interactive timeline and audio interviews with leading scholars in the field.

International Arbitration
The collection represents the very first and currently unique collaboration of publishers: Hart Publishing/C.H. Beck/Nomos and Bloomsbury Professional. By pooling our expertise, we are offering the very best arbitration and commercial mediation titles to legal professionals and arbitrators. Offering the market the very best expertise of leading lawyers based in key arbitration centres such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.

The offer: Institutions should review the offer document for full details of the agreement (see 'Agreement Information' drop down below).

Pricing and online orders: All orders should be placed via Licence Subscription Manager (pricing is displayed on this catalogue page and on the offer document), please select the required resource at checkout. Please note that this agreement will be invoiced by the publisher.

Invoicing: The publisher invoices for this agreement.

Publisher Contacts

Lewis Conlin
Institutional sales manager, EMEA
T: +44 (0) 7725 218 266


John Brennan
Customer services manager
T: 01865 517 530

Update Type

Information not available.

Update Notes



What is the maximum font size and does text re-flow when you enlarge the font?
The site is fully responsive, so text re-flows for different sized screens and devices, and users can change the font size using browser controls without restriction.

Can a user change background/foreground colours or contrasts? How?
Yes, using standard browser controls.

Are there keyboard-only equivalents for all mouse actions? Where could I find a list? Are there short cut keys to reduce tabbing round links?

Is text marked up so it can be navigated in a meaningful way (for example by heading level)?

Can text be selected and read by text-to-speech tools?

Are text descriptions available for all relevant graphics and images?

Where can I find guidance for all these features?
A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) form for the platform will be available on application.


The publisher is a member of the UKAMF. Shibboleth, IP authentication and EZproxy.

Federated searching

Not supported

Full text linking

Outbound OpenURL linking from bibliographic references is available.

Marc records

MARC records are available for download from the site. These are full RDA-compliant records in MARC21 format, and they include Library of Congress Subject Headings, book summaries, related ISBNs and DOI-based persistent URL links.


Any authenticated user can 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.

Users can sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or register by entering personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.

Post search options

Filter by Publication Date, Artist, Content Type, Music Genre, Peer-Reviewed, Period, Place and Topic.

Search options

Search box supports Boolean operators and exact phrase search. Advanced Search allows searching by author name, title, subject, identifer or publication date, and limiting by Content Type.

Usage statistics

COUNTER 4 usage reports are supported (PR1, DB1 and DB2) until 31/12/2021. COUNTER 5 usage reports are scheduled to be available from July 2020.