Special Collections

Christ Church houses several exceptional collections of manuscripts and early printed books, all of which are freely available for research, teaching, exhibitions and outreach events.


Information for Readers

Special Collections is open for booked appointments on weekdays. The hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are from 10.00am - 4.30pm, and the opening hours on Wednesday are from 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

To make an appointment please email library@chch.ox.ac.uk, and one of the team will respond as soon as possible. We're happy to answer any queries, and will provide digital copies of material if possible. We can also offer remote consultation of material by MS Teams.

To request and consult items, please use the SOLO for printed books or use the separate catalogues listed here https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library-and-archives/catalogues

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours when placing your request and when choosing the date you would like to visit. This will allow enough time to process orders and ensure the material is available when you visit.


For news about events and work on Special Collections please follow the Library Exhibitions and Research.

We ask that readers please do not come to the Library if they have tested positive or are showing symptoms for Covid.

Please wash your hands immediately before entering the Upper Library Room as hand sanitiser residue can damage items in the collections. Hand sanitiser may not be used or brought into the Upper Library.

For further information, please read Guidelines and Rules for Special Collections.