St. John’s College Library, Oxford

Last updated 25th March 2009 
Name of library  St. John’s College, Oxford
Address  St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP
Telephone  01865 277330/1
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title  Mrs C.E. Hilliard, Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  Members of the College, mainly to support teaching of undergraduates
Terms of access  By written appointment, strictly for items not available elsewhere
Opening hours  Normal office hours
Disabled access  Many. Narrow entrance with 3 steps into library and staircase to upper floor
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. None.
Number of volumes  70,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  
Current Periodicals  1 theology, 8 philosophy
Other materials  Mss diary and letters of Archbishop Laud; material relating to early fellows of the College e.g. Edmund Campion, Dean Mansel
Volumes added per year  20 each in theology and philosophy
Coverage  Undergraduate teaching mainly, but strong and varied antiquarian collection including early liturgies
Special Collections  
Manuscripts  Please see catalogue: Ralph Hanna: A descriptive catalogue of medieval western manuscripts of St. John’s College, Oxford. OUP 2002
Research resource  Church and theological history
Catalogue Type  About half the modern holdings are online and a retroconversion programme is in progress. Early printed books ditto.
URL of catalogue  
Other facilities  Photocopying; microfilming through Bodleian; photography through Ashmolean Imaging
Full Time Staff  1
Part Time Staff  2
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  Move planned 2006 of science and law books to another building on far side of College
Anything else about the library  Archives separately administered. Part-time archivist contactable at