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The following list details current, forthcoming, and past exhibitions held in the Library. These are usually displayed in the Library Exhibition Area located between the Old Library and the Working Library (on entering the Working Library turn left and walk through the reference section and periodicals area). The Exhibition Area is open to visitors Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Please note that these details are provisional and may be subject to alteration.

Current exhibitions

The "merrie monarch", Charles II (1660-1685)
02/10/2017 - 01/12/2017

For a largely Royalist and Anglican institution, the civil war and commonwealth had proved a difficult and unhappy time. This exhibition highlights the response of the College to the restoration...

Future exhibitions

Statue of a yale at St John's. Image credit: Paul Everest

The yale, a mythical beast found in European mythology, is an iconic symbol of St John’s College. These curious creatures, featuring elephants' tails, antelopes' bodies, goats' heads, and horns...

Online exhibitions

A series of exhibitions take place in the College Archive Centre every term, and they are displayed below as 'virtual exhibitions' for those who were not able to attend.

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An unhappy student taking a University exam.

A diary of a 19th century undergraduate, which provides a rare insight into the life of a Cambridge student, is among the items going on public display at St John’s College this...

The Good House-wife made a Doctor (1691)

This is an online version of the exhibition held in the Library Exhibition Area until October 2014.