Viewing Online

Publications can be viewed with the Library’s online reader. A brief explanation of its features is provided in the sections below.

Opening and navigating

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Navigation bar

Within a document, in the single or facing pages layouts, the arrow icons on either side of the text can be used to change pages. Pressing the right/left arrow keys or page down/up on a keyboard will also change the page. In the scrolling view, simply scrolling will move through a section of the the publication.

It is also possible to jump to a specific location using the navigation bar, which is found just below the text.

To close a document, select the ‘X’ icon located at the top-right corner of the reader.


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Search box

When a document is opened for viewing, the toolbar at the top of the reader appears expanded briefly and then collapses. This toolbar has a number of functions which can be used while reading online.

To expand the toolbar, one can click the document title bar at the top of the reader. Clicking the title bar again collapses the toolbar.


To use the search function from the toolbar, enter a query in the search box in the toolbar.

Contents menu

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Expand contents item

Contents menu

The contents menu located in the toolbar provides a table of contents to navigate through the document.

Selecting an item in the table of contents navigates to that part of the document. If the table of contents appears collapsed, it can be expanded by selecting the item with the [+] sign to its left, or by checking the ‘Expand all’ box.

Viewing Options menu

The Viewing Options menu located in the toolbar allows for modification of several elements of the reader’s display.

Viewing Options menu

The body text size can be changed from default to ‘smaller’, ‘large’, and ‘largest’

The following page layout options are available:

  • ‘Single page’ view shows a single page which can be changed with the previous/next navigation.
  • ‘Facing pages’ view shows two pages which can be changed with the previous/next navigation.
  • In “Scrolling’ view the text is scrollable. Additional content can be loaded by selecting ‘Continue reading’ above or below the text.

This menu also allows for the display of reference numbers in publications where they are available.


Note reference


Some documents contain inline notes, endnotes, or a combination of the two. References to notes appear as linked numbers embedded within passages. To view a note, click the note’s number and a box will appear to the side containing the note. Clicking the “X” icon or anywhere outside the note box closes the inline note.


Annotation link

Annotation menu

Note number

Paragraph reference and link

Annotations navigation

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas contains detailed annotations which can be viewed through the ‘annotations menu’ icon in the toolbar. Annotated passages are marked at the start by a red vertical bar and appear in darker colour font. Clicking on these passages opens the annotations palette.

The palette displays the note number, an excerpt of the passage, the paragraph number followed by the note itself. To follow references in a note to other paragraphs, notes or Questions & Answers in the main view, click on the link. Clicking “Return to ….” Or the “X” icon will exit the annotations palette.

Selecting the ‘Next’ or ‘Previous’ buttons allows for the viewing other annotations. The palette can be moved by selecting and dragging the title bar, and it can be resized by dragging the bottom right corner.

Linking to a passage

Reference link

Each passage available on the Reference Library has a dedicated link, which can be accessed by clicking the blue box which appears when hovering next to the beginning of a reference.

Although it is possible to share links by copying URLs from a browser’s navigation bar, these addresses may become invalid over time.


Should you encounter errors while trying to view a publication or document online, you may find the following information useful:

  • The Bahá’í Reference Library supports the most recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer versions 9 and above. Visiting this site on any other browser may result in unanticipated issues.

  • The reader is not compatible with the Zoom feature of most browsers. Viewing a document in the reader either above or below 100 percent resolution may result in text being only partially displayed.