Built in 1903, the Somerville College library holds a special place in the heart of every Somerville student. Its treasured nooks and corridors hold almost 120,000 items, as well as internationally important special collections and countless memories. 

Please see our Library Blog for information about using the library and our New Books Blog and Book of the Month purely for the love of literature!

The Library in Numbers


items in the library


new purchases every year


oldest book in our collection

Using the Library

The main collection of the Somerville College library is intended primarily for the use of college students and staff. However, the library also contains special collections which are available to view via appointment. Students wishing to know the latest guidance on accessing the library should consult the Somerville Library blog.

view the library blog

Book of the Month Blog

The Book of the Month has its very own blog, which you can read here. Authored by our Librarians, it features rare and interesting items selected from our collection.

Read 'Book of the Month'

The Library Team

The Somerville library team work tirelessly to ensure that the library’s resources remain available to every student who wishes to use them. A friendly bunch, they’re always happy to help with any question or query you have.

If you would like to get in touch reach us at library@some.ox.ac.uk or

Sarah Butler Librarian and Head of Information Services
Susan Purver Assistant Librarian
Kate O’Donnell Assistant Archivist
Matthew Roper Library Assistant
Jane Robinson Special Collections Assistant

What's happening at Somerville

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Commemorating Mary Somerville, a Victorian Woman of Science

Commemorating Mary Somerville, a Victorian Woman of Science

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Three Reflections from former Librarian Anne Manuel (2009-2022)  

Three Reflections from former Librarian Anne Manuel (2009-2022)  

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Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones (1941-2022)

Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones (1941-2022)
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