The Library


The College Library underpins every aspect of the academic life of St John’s. Housing essential texts for undergraduates and research tools in all formats for students and Fellows, it also provides quiet study space that is in high demand, especially during exam term. The Library is the custodian of the College’s extensive rare books and manuscripts collections, and of St John’s own archive - wonderful resources both to members of St John’s and scholars further afield.

Maintaining and developing these essential resources and the buildings that house them places great demands on the College’s endowment, and to that end the Library is a key element of our fundraising initiatives.

The School of Pythagoras: a new home for the Library's archives

The School of Pythagoras is the oldest building in Cambridge still in current use, and is being redeveloped to house the College Archive. For the first time St John's will be able to offer scholars access to its wonderful archive in a state of the art reading room, and plans to make the College Archivist's scholarly catalogue available to researchers throughout the world via the Internet. The redevelopment will cost £2 million, half of which has already been secured.


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