The College Library is Magdalene's working library.
The College Library is Magdalene's working library. It caters for the needs of junior members, and, in particular, of undergraduates and graduate students taking taught courses, providing both books and a congenial environment in which to study. Junior members are actively encouraged to make recommendations for book purchase.
Telephone: (01223) (3)32125 or email libr...@magd.cam.ac.uk
Further detail about the College Library is provided in the Readers' Guide, which is available on request.
Acting College Librarian: Prof. Tim Harper(Fellow)
Deputy Librarian (College Library): Tom Sykes
Libraries Assistant & Invigilator: Ellie Swire
For enquiries about the historic library collections and archives of the college (including the Pepys Library) please click here for more information. The historic collections staff are listed below:
Pepys Librarian: Dr. M.E.J. Hughes (Fellow)
Deputy Librarian (Pepys Library & Special Collections): Catherine Sutherland
The College Library is open to College members on a card-access system. The Library is open 24-hours a day during Full Terms and Easter vacations. Outside those periods it is open daily from 6.30 am until midnight, with the exception of the Christmas vacation.
Access to the Library may occasionally be permitted to individuals who are not members of the College for the purpose of consulting books not readily available elsewhere. Such access is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting the Deputy Librarian (College Library) on 01223 332125 or by emailing libr...@magd.cam.ac.uk
Non-resident members of the College are welcome to visit the Library during staff working hours. Contact the Deputy Librarian (College Library) to arrange a suitable time for your visit.
If you buy books, DVDs, or any other items online at Amazon.co.uk, please consider bookmarking and using the following link:
The cost to you will be the same as if you go to Amazon directly, but Amazon pays us a "referral fee" that helps fund the library. When you use our links, everything else about your experience will be exactly the same, including your preferences, wishlist, payment method and delivery address. (They don't pass these details to Magdalene - we just get the referral fee).
Throughout its history the College Library has greatly benefitted from book donations, and we continue to be very grateful for the support we receive in this way. However, constraints on space and resources necessarily mean that we must be selective in what books we can accept. The primary purpose of the College Library is to support undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. We also welcome donations of publications by members of the College.
Potential donors are advised to contact the Library in advance, and if possible provide a list of books being offered for us to check against our current holdings.
Donations and bequests are accepted on the understanding that the books become the property of the College on receipt, and may be removed at any time in the future. Items that are not retained (either at the time of receipt or subsequently) may be passed to other libraries, sold or otherwise disposed of, the proceeds of any sales being used to the benefit of the College.
The College Library was separated from the Old Library in 1960, and established on the first floor of Right Cloister in the Pepys Building in Second Court. The first extension (1967) was downstairs, into the Parnell Room overlooking Second Court, believed to have been occupied as an undergraduate (1865-69) by C.S. Parnell, Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, 1880-90. There is a small exhibition here concerning C.S. Parnell. The second extension (1972) incorporated the remainder of the ground floor of Right Cloister.
The third extension took place in 1990 and 1991, converting the remainder of the ground floor of the Pepys Building to library use, and incorporating the Wigglesworth Law Library, established in 1973 with a benefaction from W.S. Wigglesworth QC, (Magdalene 1924-27).
The Benson Reference Room perpetuates a memorial to A.C. Benson (Master, 1915-25), originally established in what is now the middle room of the Old Library. Benson himself as a Fellow lived in the ground floor rooms of Left Cloister between 1904 and 1911, and it was here that his best-known book From a College Window (1906) was written.