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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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Jan Royall
15th January 2018

From the Principal

Principal of Somerville Jan Royall reflects on the past and the future as a new year and a new term get underway.

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12th January 2018

Making a Greater Change to Homelessness

Three Somervillians are involved in an exciting charity startup, using technology to help the homeless in Oxford.

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11th January 2018

“Education is the best passport for life”

Somervillian Sam Gyimah appointed Minister for Universities and Science

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September
12
From 12th - 13th July 2018

1968 50th Anniversary Reunion

Please save the date!

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June
23
From 23rd - 24th June 2018

Gaudy – Matric 2000 to 2006

More details to follow, please save the date.

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June
09
9th June 2018

Commemoration Service

A service commemorating Somervillians, to be held in the College Chapel.

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