About Us

St John’s College Library contains a large range of unique, interesting and historical collections. These include over 200 medieval manuscripts, 20,000 books printed before 1850, several Oriental manuscripts dating to the 14th century, 200 modern manuscripts, and important collections of papers and books owned by figures such as Robert Graves, A.E. Housman and Spike Milligan.

This site aims to open up these collections in a new and exciting way, in the hope that this will foster a greater appreciation and enjoyment of our collections, and allow you to access and interact with our collections in new ways.

  • Our blog incorporates all posts, past and present, from topics varying from the favourite items of St John’s library staff, to discussing a small curated section of former exhibitions.
  • Our exhibitions page invites you to explore our digital exhibitions, and explore blog posts from previous exhibitions. With the development of Covid-19, we are hoping to curate further digital exhibitions, which will be added to this section of the site when they are live.
  • Outreach materials invite a new, accessible means of exploring and interacting with our special collections, from quizzes, to jigsaw puzzles.
  • News will give you updates on our exciting digitisation project, as well as updates on how you can physically access our special collections for research (or the closest approximation to physical access…)

You can discover more about the history of the library and its current collections on the main College website: https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/discover/library/special-collections/.

Explore our twitter feed here, where we regularly post images of our special collections:

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