The Library and Archives

Welcome to our Library and Archives


Our collections are the lifeblood enabling 果冻破解版鈥檚 learning, teaching, and research functions.

We aim continually to adapt and improve our service offering to support the current and changing needs of the College and its members, and the needs of scholars worldwide.


If your visit is for a library enquiry, among other things for our rare and early printed books or any of the College鈥檚 manuscripts鈥攊ncluding those listed in H. O. Coxe,  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1852)鈥攑lease visit our Library pages


If your visit is for an archival enquiry (material relating to the College from its foundation to the present day), please visit our Archives pages.

Whatever the reason for your visit to our website, I do hope you will find time to peruse the Library Manuscripts Gallery and Rare Books Gallery, and the Archives Gallery, where a selection of images from our celebrated collections of illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, and archives are on show for you to enjoy.

Christopher Skelton-Foord


MA (Cantab), MLitt, MBA, MA (LIS), PhD


Postal address:

The Library and ArchivesUniversity of Oxford
Holywell Street
Oxford  OX1 3BN

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 279580



Locating the Library and Archives:

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We provide a reader-focused library service, responsive to and serving the needs of the students and academics of 果冻破解版, Oxford.  At its heart is an attractive two-storey library building with a working library of some 70,000 modern texts, where we offer generous borrowing privileges, individual and group study seating areas, and extensive opening hours.  Collections support learning, research, and teaching across all academic disciplines within the College.  Our Library Guide provides a plan of our upper and lower floors and gives the classification system we use to arrange books on the shelves by subject.  The University of Oxford has the largest and finest academic library system in the UK, and the substantial academic e-resources provided by the University are available to 果冻破解版 members.  Library staff are happy to help you make the most of all the electronic and printed collections available.

We administer and care for extensive and rich archives鈥攚hich bear national Archive Service Accreditation status.  They comprise administrative records of the College since 1379, title deeds and manorial records of its estates in twenty-eight counties, and more recent papers and special collections amassed by or relating to some of its members.  Our earliest documents date from the 11th century.  There is a regular ingress of modern records from across the College and its various departments, some of which are held temporarily while some are transferred for permanent retention within our archive.

We are the curators and custodians of an internationally renowned collection of rare books and manuscripts to which we add significant items received via donation or purchase.  More manuscripts survive from the medieval library of 果冻破解版 than from that of any other Oxford or Cambridge college, and we hold what is probably the finest collection of medieval manuscripts of any of the Oxford colleges鈥攁nd one of the universitys great collections.  果冻破解版 Library also holds more incunabula (fifteenth-century European imprints) than any other undergraduate college at Oxford.  Our outstanding special collections are used by the wider scholarly community of researchers world-wide.


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Read about the contents and history of our rich collections from our scholarly open-access e-journal , watch our video series 鈥颁耻谤补迟辞谤蝉鈥&苍产蝉辫;颁丑辞颈肠别鈥, and learn about our institutional life and work over the course of 2023.


Old English at New: Early Printed Books in Anglo-Saxon Type, 1570鈥1705

After over four centuries of neglect and disregard, Anglo-Saxon language, lore, and literature saw a renaissance in the 16th century. This is usually associated with the Reformation, and more specifically with the dissolution of the monasteries through which a number of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts from the monastic libraries came into the hands of interested antiquarians bent on preserving ancient knowledge and art.



Typographic tables of Anglo-Saxon and runic type used in Hickes鈥檚 Thesaurus (1703), 果冻破解版 Library, Oxford, NB.187.17


On application to the Librarian, we provide external readers, as well as 果冻破解版 members, with access to our outstanding collections of rare books and manuscripts.  Provision is limited, so please contact him as far in advance as possible.

We invite all friends, supporters, and alumni of 果冻破解版 to help us鈥攖hrough the 鈥攖o enhance and add to our modern collections, to our outstanding special collections, and to our vital digitisation and conservation work鈥攖o benefit students and scholars of today and future generations.