The Library

The College Library is divided into two sections. The Old Library dates from 1624 and houses historic manuscripts, rare books and personal papers. The modern Working Library houses borrowable books and current periodicals, as well as computer and work facilities to which members have 24 hour access.



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 weekend for Open Cambridge.If you think Cambridge students have a heavy...
A list detailing the names, ages and prices of slaves
Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century...


1st Oct 2015

Classic adventure stories and traditional fables, poems and songs, riddles and picture books, fantasy and tales from real life jostle with primers and historic schoolbooks in this...

24th Oct 2015

Explore the bitter conflict of the English Civil War in a brand new exhibition at St John’s College Old Library.

A staunchly Royalist College in the heart of Parliamentarian East Anglia, St...

24th Oct 2015

Come and explore how medieval fiction contrasted with the harsh reality of the battlefield in an interactive workshop at St John’s College Library.

From the romantic image of chivalrous...