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. 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 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. More manuscripts survive from the medieval library of New College than from that of any other Oxford or Cambridge college; New College Library also holds more incunabula (fifteenth-century European imprints) than any other undergraduate college at Oxford. Our outstanding 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 the Library Manuscripts Gallery and 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.
MA Cantab, MBA Dunelm, MA (LIS) Lough, PhD Cardiff
The Library and Archives
University of Oxford
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