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.



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.Exhibition description:


18th Jul 2014

An ABC of early modern household knowledge

Household knowledge in the early modern period was a miscellaneous category, circumscribing cookery, needlework, the...

13th Sep 2014

Step into the historic surroundings of St John's College Old Library and discover an exhibition of Tudor treasures to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I's royal visit to...

20th Oct 2014

An exhibition featuring a new video work by local artist Nick Gear, in response to William Wordsworth's much-loved 'Daffodils' poem. Items from the Library's extensive Wordsworth collection will...