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

We would like to welcome back returning students and new students starting this year, here is your induction timetable.

Student Library: Weekdays, 8am – midnight. Weekends, 9am – midnight.

Special Collections appointments and exhibitions in the Upper Library: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Research News

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...
Library and archives
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:27
Christ Church library is running a printing workshop to mark the launch of a limited edition of...


Friday, November 18, 2016 - 17:15
Hakluyt @ 400 - Renaissance Scientific Instruments, by Dr Allan Chapman
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 17:15
Hakluyt @ 400 - Renaissance Scientific Instruments, by Dr Allan Chapman