Every college library is the home of treasured volumes and cherished nooks in which to study. But there are good reasons why the Somerville library holds a special place in the heart of every Somerville student, past and present.
Built in 1903 to the designs of architect Basil Champneys, it is one of the biggest and best-stocked undergraduate college libraries in the university. Our collection holds almost 120,000 items and is enriched by internationally important special collections, including those bequeathed by the estates of John Stuart Mill and Vera Brittain.
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.
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.