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 anniversary exhibition focusing on the lives of two major writers of the Tudor age – Ben Jonson and Thomas Nashe – reveals a world of slander, political controversy, and dishonourable conduct behind the scenes.


28th Apr 2016

Entries to the College's annual Art & Photography Competition, which is open to all resident Junior Members of St John's, will be on display in the Library Exhibition Area for the duration of...

1st Jul 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...