The Main Collections
The main College Library houses c. 56,000 modern books covering all the subjects offered by the College. The Library aims to provide copies of books needed by undergraduates for their tutorial work, and has multiple copies of standard texts. The Library budget is generous, and the Librarian can respond quickly to urgent requests (books can be bought the same day).
The Library is open continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Borrowing is by self-administered automation. As well as being a lending library, we aim to provide a quiet working environment where students can study at any time of day or night. On three floors, the Library presently seats 86 people. In addition to the automated University-wide union catalogues available in the Main Library, the Lower Library provides computers, scanning, CD writing facilities, a free printer/A3 capable photocopier, and a large number of network and laptop power sockets for students to use their own laptops. All online library databases that can be reached through the central Bodleian facility (called OxLIP) can be accessed from any computer in any student room in College. The library is also fully covered by wireless access to the University network.
All our manuscripts are kept in the Bodleian Library, where they may be consulted by prior arrangement with that library. Publication requires the permission of the President and Fellows of Trinity College, by application to the Librarian.
The Old Library
Contains early printed books (fifteenth to nineteenth century), mainly in classics, theology and topology, with some science and medicine. Researchers must apply in advance to the Librarian, and access is limited to the usual office hours. The Danson Library adjoins the Old Library and, following a major refit to provide aditional shelving for some of the Old Library collection, it and the Old Library will reopen in summer 2011.
All library enquiries should be addressed to:
The Librarian, Sharon Cure
Telephone: 01865 279863
Fax: 01865 279902
Email: sharon.cure @ trinity.ox.ac.uk