Library and archives

Christ Church Library is an important resource and research centre primarily intended to support students during their studies; a separate 24hr Law Library is available to law students. The Upper library also contains a large collection of early printed books and manuscripts and is particularly rich in music, theology, classics, travel books, numismatics, early science, medicine and Hebrew studies.

All members of the college are welcome to use the modern collections on the ground floor. College members and visiting researchers can consult rare books and manuscripts by appointment. The Library also offers numerous exhibitions, talks and workshops throughout the year, some of which are also open to members of the public.

Opening Times

Student Library

Hilary Term Time:


8am – 1am


8am - midnight


8am - midnight


8am - midnight


8am - midnight


9am - midnight


9am – 1am


Special Collections

Visiting hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm;  2:00 pm - 4.30 pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library).

Current exhibition: Hakluyt @ 400 Exhibitions and Events

Forthcoming: The Miniature Stage - 19th Century English Toy Theatre (returning to the Library in Hilary Term 2017)

Research News

Library and archives
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 14:36
Another large batch of manuscripts have been finalized and uploaded in Digital Library on the...
Library and archives
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:27
To celebrate the opening of the Tudor Partbooks exhibition, on 12 May 2016, the Library invited Dr...
Library and archives
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:09
2016 sees an unprecedented number of opportunities for Summer School attendees, Workshop...


Monday, February 6, 2017 - 17:15
Hakluyt @ 400 - Renaissance Scientific Instruments, by Dr Allan Chapman