Mr Daryl GreenBack to People

Department: Library and Archives
College appointment: Fellow Librarian
Phone: +44 (0)1865 276057

What I Do Here

I manage the College’s libraries and archives with the main goals of building the library collections; fostering a library space that is conducive to study and research; and raising the profile of the College’s unique early printed books, manuscripts, and archives. I also oversee Magdalen’s publications programme.

Academic Background

My first degree was in English from Kent State University (Ohio, USA), where I also minored in Classics and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I earned an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York (2007), and an MSc in Library and Information Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2010). I have previously worked as Rare Books Librarian at the University of St Andrews; at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois; and at York Minster Library. I am the Hon. Secretary of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and am also a standing committee member of the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section, I also serve as a committee member on the UNESCO Memory of the World international register sub-committee.


My main focus of research is in the materiality of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books. Bindings, provenance, provincial printing, and the slow and disjointed transition from manuscript culture to the printed book market are all of interest. I have presented and written on fifteenth and sixteenth-century Scottish and English manuscript and book history, ownership, and circulation. I am also interested in the history of Magdalen College collections and how they ended up in our library.

Select Publications

  • “The first printed books to arrive in Scotland: 15th century St Andrean owners of 15th century books” in Reading Copy-Specific Features: Producers, Readers and Owners of Incunabula (eds. Takako Kato and Satoko Kotunaga); Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2020
  • “Learning to let go: Ownership, rights, fees and permissions of readers’ photographs” in a special issue of Anglia;  forthcoming 2020
  • Thinking 3D: book, images and ideas from Leonardo to the present, with L. Moretti; Oxford: Bodleian Publishing, 2019 (forthcoming)
  • Lawrence of Oxford: a catalogue, with R. McCarthy; Oxford: Magdalen College, 2019 (forthcoming)
  • “Public Engagement” in Special Collections, eds. C. Wright & C. Slessor; London: Wright & Wright, 2018
  • Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text, exhibition catalogue St Andrews: University of St Andrews, 2014 (contributing author and consultant)
  • 600 Years of Book Collecting, St Andrews: University of St Andrews Library, 2013-2014 (6 issues & limited edition boxed set)

Select Exhibitions

  • “C.S. Lewis: Words and Worlds”, Magdalen College, Oxford; forthcoming May-October 2020, co-curator
  • Lawrence of Oxford”, Magdalen College Library, Oxford; 5 November 2018-1 May 2019, co-curator