Somerville is justifiably proud of its elegant and spacious library which boasts a collection of around 120,000 items (around 100,000 on open access), one of the largest undergraduate College libraries in the University. It was built in 1903 (Architect Basil Champneys) and occupies the entire north side of the Main Quad. Benefactors to the library over the years have included John Stuart Mill's family, John Ruskin, Egyptologist Amelia Edwards, Vera Brittain and many tutors and grateful students. The John Stuart Mill collection contains around 2,000 volumes of his own and his father’s books.

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Barbara Forrai
1st December 2017

Somerville alumna awarded British Empire Medal

Somerville alumna Barbara Forrai (née Lockwood) has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to charity in the UK and Russia.

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Somerville tree planting 2
30th November 2017

Somerville marks National Tree Week

On Wednesday 29th November, Principal Jan Royall put the finishing touches to the planting of a copper beech tree in the grounds of the College.

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Gould 2
27th November 2017

‘Just go for it’

Somerville alumna Amelia Gould is the winner of this year’s Woman in Industry Award from WISE.

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19th May 2017

Somerville Will Power Lunch 2018

Our annual legacy society lunch. Details to follow, please save the date.

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5th May 2018

Somerville in Switzerland Reunion

Please save the date, details to follow.

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2nd May 2018, at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

London Group: Claudia Sturt

Director, Security, Order and Counter Terrorism HM Prison Service. Details to follow.

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