Special and Historic Collections


Our collection of early printed books and manuscripts was mostly assembled in the first 170 years of the College's existence.

Our founder Bishop Fox's focus on humanist learning had a strong influence, and the trilingual library of Latin, Greek and Hebrew texts earned praise from Erasmus and others.

This older collection is stored separately from the original library building in air-conditioned strong rooms, along with the College's archives.

We are currently restricted as to the numbers of visiting researchers able to consult the Special and Historic Collections in person.