Catalogues and Research Tools
We are currently working on various projects to provide online research tools for the Old Library collection, including cataloguing our books to appear on the University of Cambridge's 'LibrarySearch' Catalogue. While this work is ongoing (classmarks CAM and M-R have been completed) we are pleased to announce that we now have in place a searchable shelf list of the Old Library’s oldest books (classmarks A-L). The shelf list also includes provenance information. To search the shelf list, click ‘ctrl + F’ and enter your search term. Please be mindful of variance in transcription of hand-press era books (such as ‘Claudii or ‘Claudij’, ‘Sive’ or ‘Siue’). For this reason, you may prefer to search by author.
A significant proportion of the Old Library collections can also be searched online using the British Library's English Short Title Catalogue , the Universal Short Title Catalogue and Incunabula Short Title Catalogue. Provenance information about the Old Library's Incunabula can be found on the Material Evidence in Incunabula database.
A list of the College's manuscripts can be found in the publication by James, M.R.: A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the college library of Magdalene College Cambridge Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1909. Please note that there have been subsequent donations of manuscripts to the collection since this catalogue's publication. Some of the Old Library medieval manuscripts are described on the Bodleian Library's Medieval Libraries of Great Britain website.
The collection of Ferrar Papers have been digitised and available via a subscription-based service at Adam Matthew Digital. For further information on this collection there is also our Ferrar Forum, including a collaborative handlist of the Ferrar Papers.
Valerie Eliot Bequest
In 2013, the College received a bequest of books from Valerie Eliot, wife of T S Eliot. They are fully catalogued on the University of Cambridge's LibrarySearch catalogue.
The Valerie Eliot Bequest Book List contains a complete list of the books from the bequest and further information.