Still housed in his original laboratory space in the Daubeny Building, this library comprises the science collection that Charles Daubeny bequeathed to the College in 1867. Daubeny (1810) was a Demy of Magdalen, physician, Oxford Professor of Chemistry, and later Chair in Botany.
The McFarlane Library, in the Cloisters, contains the specialist medieval-history collection bequeathed to the College in 1966 by Kenneth Bruce McFarlane (1927), one of the 20th century’s most influential historians of late medieval England. As a Fellow of Magdalen, McFarlane taught medieval history.
Consulting these collections
Both the Daubeny Library and McFarlane Library are reference collections, with restricted access. The collections have been fully catalogued onto SOLO. If you would like to consult an item from these collections you can make an appointment to consult the item in our Longwall Library reading rooms during staffed hours. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.