The College Library contains over 60,000 books. It is open 24/7 for current College members, and provides a range of different study spaces.

College Library at night

Opening hours

  • Open 24/7 throughout the year with the exception of the period between Christmas and the New Year when the College is closed.

Staffing times

  • The Library Reception desk is normally staffed between 9 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. week days only.
  • A team of Student Library Assistants work at Library Reception during term time from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. week day evenings and 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. week-ends.


Study Spaces

The Library has a range of different types of study spaces.

  • Main Reading Room: 4 study desks each seating 8 readers, 5 seating 6 and 1 seating 4
  • David Williams Room: 1 study desk seating 8
  • 4th Floor Reading Room: 3 study desks seating 6
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors each have 9 study carrels for private study

Other Facilities

  • Computer Room: location 1st floor, contains six computers and printer
  • WiFi: throughout the building
  • Networked photocopier: location ground floor
  • 33 Lockers: location ground floor, 24 hour use only
  • Meeting Room: location 3rd floor. Can be booked for group study. Book at Library Reception
  • Wates Room: location 2nd floor. Small chill out space. Includes Wates Room Fiction Collection (light reading from Harry Potter to Hilary Mantel)
  • Book Stands and Laptop Supports: a small number of Book stands and Laptop Supports are available for use in the Library. These can be found on shelf above the Returned Books Bin near the entrance

Vacation Loan

Books (excepting the 24 hour Short Loan collection) can be borrowed for the Easter vacation from Monday 13th March and will be due for return on Thursday 27th April. Two books per reader from the 24 hour Short Loan collection may be borrowed for the vacation from Friday 17th March