For 465 years…

St John’s College Library has collected and preserved manuscripts, early printed books, and personal papers.

 Our special collections now include over 400 manuscripts (Western and Oriental, medieval and modern), around 20,000 early printed books, and the personal papers and books owned by notable figures such as Robert Graves, A.E. Housman, and Spike Milligan.

On this site, we want to open our collections for you, in the hope that you’ll find them as fascinating, intriguing, and enjoyable as we do.

Find out more about us and our latest news updates.

Blog Posts

Learn about St John’s College’s remarkable collections of manuscripts, early printed books, and personal papers.


Find out about current and past exhibitions.

Outreach Materials

From colouring outlines to quizzes, experience our collections in a new light.

About Us

This website is dedicated to the Special Collections at St John’s College Oxford. Find out more detailed information here.

For non-special collections related material, please consult the Library pages on the main College website.

If you are a current St John’s College member, you can access the Library pages on the college intranet to find out more about library services available to you.

Get in Touch

Accessing the Special Collections

Access to the special collections is limited. Given the wider public health situation at the current time, we are unfortunately unable to host in-person research visits.

Our News page has the most up-to-date information.

You can fill out the contact form to the left, or email us, with any questions you may have.