Libraries & Archives
Welcome to Magdalen College Libraries & Archives.
Magdalen College has a well-stocked circulating library, four specialist libraries, and extensive historical archives.
The Longwall 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. The library was renovated from 2014 to 2016.
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 12,000 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.
**Please note that the College Archive staff offices and some of the archive collections have been relocated during Dec 2017/Jan 2018. The archive reading room is now located in the Old Library for most readers. Additional collection moves are also planned for April 2018, so archive Reading Room opening hours and the archive enquiry service will be significantly disrupted. Please contact the Archivist for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org **
We are a member of the Oxford Conservation Consortium, which provides the collections in our libraries and archives with specialist care.