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: The Miniature Stage - 19th Century English Toy Theatre

Research News

Library and archives
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:17
In 2003 Christ Church lent one of its most treasured manuscripts, the so called 'Wolsey Epistle...
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...