The College (War Memorial) Library
The College Library is based over two floors and a gallery. The Library was opened in 1928 and was funded by subscription to commemorate Trinity’s First World War dead.
The library stocks over 56,000 books covering all the subjects offered by Trinity It provides copies of books needed by undergraduates for their tutorial work, and has multiple copies of standard texts. The Library budget is generous, and students and staff are encouraged to suggest additions to stock. The Librarian can usually obtain books within 1-2 days if needed urgently. There is an additional budget for books suggestions from postgraduates to support their taught courses or research.
Further information about the history of the library is available here.
Library Hours and resources
The Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Up to 30 books can be borrowed, via a self- issue terminal, for four weeks at a time. Books can also be borrowed over the vacations.
As well as a lending library, we aim to provide a quiet working environment where students can study at any time of day or night, with 86 study spaces over two floors.
In addition to the physical library resources all students have full access to the online resources of the University, including e-books, e-journals and databases, through the University libraries catalogue, SOLO. Students also have access to the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Science Library, both only a very short walk away.
The Library has wireless access to the University network, and there are also ethernet points in the Lower Library. The Lower Library also has a number of library pcs, alongside a photocopier, printer and scanner. All photocopying and printing services are free of charge.
An online library guide for current students is available here.
The Library is for the use of Trinity members.
It may be possible for members of the wider University to have reference access for a particular book if is not available elsewhere in Oxford. Please contact the Librarian to discuss access if this is the case.
The Old Library and Danson Library
Trinity’s Old, or Fellows’, Library, dates to the early 15th century. It houses the college’s antiquarian book collection which includes classics, theology and topology, with some science and medicine.
The Danson Library adjoins the Old Library and primarily contains the book collection of the Danson family, bequeathed to the college in 1976. The Danson Library was renovated in 2011.
Both libraries are open for a range of college events. They are not open to the public but visits may be possible on occasion for pre-booked special interest groups. For more information, or if you are a researcher wishing to consult a book from either of these libraries, please contact the Librarian. More information about all of Trinity’s libraries is available below: