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.

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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...
Library books on shelf
A new fundraising scheme whereby Johnians “sponsor a shelf” in the College Library has raised over £40,000 to buy books for current St John’s students.A recent fundraising scheme set up by the College Library has successfully raised over £40,000 to...

Events

9th Jul 2015

A man of many talents, John Robert Lunn (1831-1899) was a unanimously admired member of St John’s College for many years, from his studies as an undergraduate to his involvement in the Fellowship...

12th Sep 2015

The 17th century Old Library of St John’s College is home to an historic collection of books, manuscripts, photographs and artefacts; the work of writers, scientists and artists that...

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...