Special Collections

Information for Visiting Readers

The Library will be closed for two weeks for an annual stock take. This will begin on Monday, 12 September and the library will reopen on Monday, 26 September.

We regret that no new appointments to view materials in the Upper Library will be available during this period. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured, and we are more than happy to arrange bookings that fall from Monday, 26 September.


Access to Christ Church Special Collections is in the Upper Library from Monday to Friday. Opening hours: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm.

To make an appointment, please contact the Keeper of Special Collections (cristina.neagu@chch.ox.ac.uk) or email library@chch.ox.ac.uk, and one of the team will respond as soon as possible. We're happy to answer any queries, and will provide digital copies of material if possible. We can also offer remote consultation of material by MS Teams.

For news about events and work on Special Collections please follow the Library Exhibitions and Research.

We ask that readers please do not come to the Library if they have tested positive or are showing symptoms for Covid.

Please wash your hands immediately before entering the Upper Library Room as hand sanitiser residue can damage items in the collections. Hand sanitiser may not be used or brought into the Upper Library.

For further information, please read Guidelines and Rules for Special Collections.