Library and Archives

Welcome to the Library and Archives of New College, Oxford.

We provide a reader-focused library service, responsive to and serving the needs of the students and academics of New College, Oxford.  At its heart is an attractive two-storey library building with a working library of some 70,000 modern texts.  The substantial academic e-resources provided by the University of Oxford are available to New College members, and Library staff are happy to help you make the most of all the electronic and printed collections available.

We administer and care for an extensive and rich archive, which comprises 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.

We are the curators and custodians of an internationally renowned collection of manuscripts and rare books to which we add significant items received via donation or purchase.  Our collections are used by the wider scholarly community of researchers world-wide.

If your visit is for a library enquiry, including the College manuscripts listed in H.O. Coxe, Catalogus codicum MSS. qui in collegiis aulisque Oxoniensibus hodie adservantur (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1852), please 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, I do hope you will find time to peruse our Library Manuscripts Gallery and Library Antiquarian Gallery, where a selection of images from our celebrated collections of illuminated manuscripts and early printed books are on show for you to enjoy.

Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord
Librarian, New College, Oxford


Postal address:

The Library and Archives
New College
University of Oxford
Holywell Street
Oxford  OX1 3BN


Telephone: +44 (0)1865 279580

Locating the Library and Archives:

Our location can be found on the Map of Libraries in Oxford (New College Library, which also houses our Archives Reading Room, is number 78 on the map) as well as via Google Maps.