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.



Dinner menus written in French, colour-coded entry tickets for Johnians and their female guests, and dance cards featuring the waltz and the tango are on display alongside many more fascinating items at an exhibition in the College Archive Centre...


27th Jun 2016

This exhibition celebrates the quincentenary of the admission of the first students to St John’s on 29th July 1516. By examining the lives of some exceptional Johnians, the story of the College...

29th Oct 2016

Members of St John's College have been torchbearers in momentous political movements from Jacobitism and the abolition of slavery to conscientious objection during the World Wars. This exhibition...