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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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16th October 2017

It’s OK not to be OK

Principal Jan Royall considers issues surrounding mental wellbeing in the light of a recent panel discussion held in Somerville

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11th October 2017

New Arrivals at the Oxford India Centre

As the academic year begins, Somerville and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development are delighted to celebrate the arrival of the Centre’s new Executive Director and of this year’s new Indian scholars.

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29th September 2017

A Haunting Story

Somerville alumna and award-winning novelist Michèle Roberts returned to the College earlier this month and spoke about fellow writer and Somervillian Dorothy Sayers.

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17th March 2018

1987 30th Anniversary Reunion Lunch

Please save the date, details to follow.

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30th November 2017

Carol Concert, 2017

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17th November 2017, Somerville College

1957 60th Anniversary Reunion Lunch

Join us for the 60th anniversary of those who matriculated in 1957; to celebrate the occasion, a reunion will be taking place in College.

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