Our Story

Knowledge that breaks boundaries. Learning that leaves a lasting imprint.

We’re moving knowledge and learning forward like no other publisher.

For over 500 years, we’ve been pushing the boundaries of education and research.

We make progress possible – whether that’s a child reading their first words, or a researcher making their latest discovery.

What we do

We publish the highest-quality academic and educational resources and research around the globe.

From monographs to music, textbooks to children’s books, our titles cross cultures, classrooms, and languages.

We also go beyond traditional publishing, finding innovative ways to support the needs of learners – so we can make knowledge accessible to all.

Publishing with purpose

Our mission shapes everything we do:

We further the University of Oxford’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

This is why we were established over 500 years ago. It directs our actions today – and drives what we do tomorrow.

OUP by numbers

Knowledge and learning should empower everyone. Our global reach makes this possible.


languages published by our Press


employees in over 50 offices worldwide


titles published a year


school learners in 159 different countries