Papyrology Collection

Find and Access Papyri

Please contact us for services while building access is limited. If your request cannot be supported remotely, we can attempt to fulfill it in person, by appointment.

Use our papyrus database to access images and details of papyrus in our collection. 

You can also see ancient papyri on display in the Audubon Room in Hatcher Library.

Request an image

If you’re interested in a papyrus fragment that has no image available, or if the image is inadequate, email us at

If no image has been made of the papyrus, or if the papyrus needs conservation work, it may take several weeks to handle the request. 

Request permission to publish 

To request permission to publish texts from our collection that are currently unrestricted and unpublished, email us at

Terms of use

When you receive permission to publish a text from our collection, the following conditions apply:

  • Your permissions are exclusive, and remain valid for 5 years. 
  • If assigned texts have not been published by the end of the 5-year term, they will once more be made freely available to the papyrological community. We’ll consider applications to extend the term on a case-by-case basis for exceptional circumstances.
  • In exchange for granting publication permissions, we may share your name and contact information with other scholars who might wish to communicate with you about your assigned text. 
Usage rights. Images in our collection are available for free in the public domain with attribution to the University of Michigan Library. Select the “share/cite” link when viewing an individual record in our database to see full citation information.


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