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. From 2014 to early 2016 the Library was being renovated, as detailed on this page.
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 is closed to external enquiries (including local history and family history queries) from 1st August to 30th November 2017. This closure is to free up staff time to prepare for major collection moves later in the year. It may be possible to accommodate visits from academics and students during this period with sufficient prior notice. Please contact the Archivist for more details: email@example.com **
We are a member of the Oxford Conservation Consortium, which provides the collections in our libraries and archives with specialist care.