Opening hours

New College Library

Contact

Address:

New College Library
New College, University of Oxford, Holywell Street
Oxford
OX1 3BN

Phone:

01865 279580

E-mail:

library@new.ox.ac.uk

Website:

https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/library-and-archives

Library Staff

Librarian:

Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord

Archivist (Mon-Thur):

Mrs Jennifer Thorp

Deputy Librarian:

Ms Suzannah Bridge

Assistant Librarian, Bibliographic Services:

Mr Jason Morgan

Graduate Trainee Library Assistant:

Ms Alex Plane

Shelver (Term-Time):

Miss Ursula Steele

Opening Hours

Note that opening hours may sometimes change at short notice. If travelling to visit a library you are advised to check with the library to confirm details.

Term time:

During term time, New College Library is open to New College members from 8.30 am to 2 am, 7 days per week, and by appointment only for all other visitors. The Library is staffed from 8.30 am to 5 pm. It operates security-controlled access and provides an automated self-issue system.

Vacation:

During vacations, New College Library is open to New College members from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm, 7 days per week, and by appointment only for all other visitors. The Library is staffed from 8.30 am to 5 pm. It operates operates security-controlled access and provides an automated self-issue system.

Closed:

The Library is closed for eight working days over Christmas.

Admission and Borrowing Policies

Note that by necessity these policies are much simplified and provided for initial guidance only. Please check with the library for full details.

OU undergraduate students:

Admissions: Some some. Borrowing: Some some.

There are borrowing privileges for New College members only. External readers should make an appointment in advance by email or phone to consult a volume from the modern collections if New College holds the only copy in Oxford.

OU postgraduate students:

Admissions: Some some. Borrowing: Some some.

There are borrowing privileges for New College members only. External readers should make an appointment in advance by email or phone to consult a volume from the modern collections if New College holds the only copy in Oxford. Research students, academic staff, and external researchers who need to use the Library's rare book and manuscript collections are welcome to do so, by appointment only with the Librarian.

OU academic and research staff:

Admissions: Some some. Borrowing: Some some.

There are borrowing privileges for New College members only. External readers should make an appointment in advance by email or phone to consult a volume from the modern collections if New College holds the only copy in Oxford. Research students, academic staff, and external researchers who need to use the Library's rare book and manuscript collections are welcome to do so, by appointment only with the Librarian.

Others:

Admissions: Some some. Borrowing: None none.

There are borrowing privileges for New College members only. External readers should make an appointment in advance by email or phone to consult a volume from the modern collections if New College holds the only copy in Oxford. Research students, academic staff, and external researchers who need to use the Library's rare book and manuscript collections are welcome to do so, by appointment only with the Librarian.

Subjects Covered

The Library was founded in 1379. Its 70,000-book collection of modern texts covers all undergraduate and postgraduate subjects taught in the College. The College admits students for almost all subjects, so the coverage of the collection is wide and spans most Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science disciplines. A General Interest Collection comprises: Literature, Biography, Travel Guides, Very Short Introductions, Study Skills, and Welfare books. There is also an extensive collection of DVDs, which provides one of the University’s finest collections of borrowable films, supporting courses and catering for leisure and pleasure use. There are internationally renowned collections of manuscripts and rare books. These comprise notably c.400 medieval manuscripts, which include such celebrated treasures as the early 13th-century de Brailes Psalter, known as the “New College Psalter”, and an early 14th-century, illuminated Anglo-Norman prose translation of the Apocalypse of St John, the “New College Apocalypse”. Of all Oxford’s medieval colleges, New College has the largest collection of manuscript books remaining in situ. More recent manuscripts include the Sir Isaac Newton Papers. There are around 30,000 early printed volumes, which include c.340 incunabula (fifteenth-century European imprints) - the largest number held by any of Oxford’s undergraduate colleges - and c.560 STC books (British Isles imprints and English books printed abroad up to 1640). The early printed collections are especially strong in Law, Theology, Classics, Early Medicine, and Science. The Archives are rich and extensive, with the oldest documents dating from the 11th century. They include 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.

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