The Old Library is next to the Working Library and houses the College's collection of 50,000 early-printed books and manuscripts, ranging from 11th-century manuscripts through to 20th-century works. This library has materials in English, Latin, Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit.

Old Library Christ's College, Cambridge Old Library
Christ's College, Cambridge Old Library Christ's College, Cambridge Old Library
Two books on table Open Book
Christ's College, Cambridge Old LIbrary Old books
Scrolls Book from Old library
Two students talking Paradise lost
Map with dragins in sea Here be Dragons exhibition leaflets


In normal times, the Old Library is open to the public for much of the year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and it can be visited by researchers (by appointment) 9.15 - 4.15pm on weekdays. To find out more about the Old Library and visiting it (in normal times), do look at the library website.

You may find the following links particularly useful:

Old Library Timeline This allows you to explore the history and some highlights from the collection
Treasures of the Old Library A quick presentation with pictures
Exhibitions Some can be looked at online
Music hire library Students at Christ's can use this for free
Social media The Christ's Libraries are on Twitter, facebook and Instagram

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