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 website for information about using the library, and where you will also find information about new books and current exhibitions.
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.
Book of the Term
Every term we feature a treasure from our antiquarian book collection, exploring its history, its relevance today and its importance to our collection. Find out more on the Library website.
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.