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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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November
11
11th November 2018

Somerville and the End of the War

A centenary commemoration day – please save the date, details to follow.

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October
29
29th October

Somerville London Group: Dr Frank Prochaska

Dr Frank Prochaska on ‘The Feminisation of the Monarchy’

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October
20
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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