For Visitors

The Old Library contains approximately 50,000 early-printed books and manuscripts dating from the 11th century to the present day. These collections also include material relating to our famous alumni John Milton and Charles Darwin. Information about our historic holdings and our care of them can also be found on our special collections blog.

Public Access to the Old Library and Exhibition

College members and members of the public are welcome to visit the Old Library in order to enjoy the space and view the current exhibition.

The Old Library is open to the public on Tuesdays  and Thursdays, 14.00 to 16.00, during Michaelmas and Lent terms. Term dates can be found here. During the university's summer vacation we are also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14.00-16.00.

Visitors are also welcome at other times by appointment. Please email library@christs.cam.ac.uk to arrange access.

Please note that the Old Library is on the 1st floor of the College. If you have difficulty in climbing stairs, or are in a wheelchair, it would be helpful if you would contact us in advance  -- on 01223-334950 or 01223-334905 -- to let us know about your visit (wheelchair access currently requires the use of quite a narrow corridor that will not fit all wheelchairs). However, that is not essential and we always do our best to accommodate the needs of all of our visitors.

Directions

Directions to the College can be found here.

A map showing the location of the Library within College is available here.

On arrival, please make your way to the Library, which is situated in First Court, and is fully signposted. Alternatively, ask for directions at the Porters' Lodge on St Andrew's Street.