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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

23/01/2017 - 21/04/2017

This new exhibition looks into the private lives of Johnians - at College, at home, and abroad - as revealed by their diaries.

“I intend this journal not for the frivolous uninteresting,...

Future exhibitions


This exhibition features treasures from the Library's Special Collections that relate to the history of medicine. The manuscripts, incunabula, artefacts and illustrations on display demonstrate...

Online exhibitions

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.


Lady Margaret Beaufort, foundress of the College

This is an online version of an exhibition held in the College's Library Exhibition Area during the summer of 2013.

Drawing upon the rich...