Libraries & Archives
Welcome to Magdalen College Libraries & Archives.
Magdalen College has a well-stocked circulating library, four specialist libraries, and extensive historical archives.
The New Library contains the circulating, reference and film collections, covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines. The primary readers are Magdalen students, academics and other staff. Others are always welcome to consult items that are not held by the Bodleian Libraries. Our considerable film collection is available to borrow.
Magdalen’s specialist libraries are
- The Old Library: early printed and manuscript book collection;
- The Denning Law Library: contemporary reference-only law books and journals;
- The Daubeny Library: nineteenth-century scientific books; and
- The McFarlane Library: medieval-history subject collection.
The Archives record over seven hundred years of history, including 13,000 medieval deeds, official documents dating from the foundation of the College in 1458 to the present time, as well as the personal papers of some former Magdalen Presidents, Fellows and students.