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 normally open to the public on Tuesdays  and Thursdays, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, during Michaelmas and Lent terms. Term dates can be found here. During the university's summer vacation we are normally also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Building work in College has meant that the Old Library was closed for much of July 2019; but from Tuesday 6 August we expect to open on Tuesdays and Thursdays as usual. Even so, it might be worth checking with us ahead of time if you are travelling from a distance -- please telephone 01223-334950 or 01223-334905 for assistance.

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. This is because, unfortunately, wheelchair access is not currently available due to the College building works, which are likely to continue throughout August and September 2019

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.