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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15th March 2018

‘Top-notch’ Tutors And History At Speed

Somerville’s access crowdfunding initiative has reached its first target.

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2nd March 2018

Seeing the Digital Light

Somerville students are raising money to support digital education for girls in India. Please help them to reach their target!

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Saturday 20th October 2018

Literary Lunch featuring Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson: Hearts and Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote

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15th September 2018

Alumni Weekend Lunch 2018

More details to follow soon.

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From 12th - 13th September 2018

1968 50th Anniversary Reunion

The autumn of 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of our arrival as Freshers

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