The Library's special collections are housed in the Old Library and can be consulted in the Rare Books Reading Room. For further information on the collections and arrangements for viewing them please contact the Special Collections Librarian, Kathryn McKee on 01223 339393.
Some of the most interesting finds in our Special Collections are featured below! New articles posted at least once a month.
Details of the Library's rare books to 1800, and of the progress of the Cataloguing Project.
Information on the ownership marks and interesting bindings.
Listings of the personal papers of College alumni.
Listings of photographs, negatives, and slides of College alumni, buildings and property.
Listings of busts, coins, medals, furnishings, and other objects.
Information on the Fred Hoyle Collection and the 2008-2011 Hoyle Project.
Information on the Samuel Butler Collection and the 2011-2013 Heritage Lottery Funded Butler Project.
Details of recent additions to the Library's special collections.
See also the College Archives, which contain resources describing the growth and history of the administration and finances of the College, and Janus, the union catalogue of archives held in Cambridge University and its Colleges.