Desk and laptop in College library

College Libraries

Support for the College Libraries

The Ward and the Perne Libraries are a remarkable teaching resource. The College updates the holdings in the Ward (undergraduate) Library from the endowment as part of our core costs, but there are additional developments which would be highly desirable but are less clearly aligned to our core purpose. Recent donations have, for example, enabled us to catalogue materials and books held in our modern archive to make them more accessible to scholars.  Thanks to the generosity of Petreans we have also embarked on an ambitious program of digitisation in collaboration with the University Library - starting with the Equatorie and the Whittle papers. Other materials will be added as we have the funds. The College seeks to maintain a representative collection of works by or about Petreans, buying retrospectively as appropriate. Recent purchases, for instance, have included manuscripts and books connected with Thomas Gray. Finally, there are books that have never been in the collections but ought to be there, given our existing strengths. For example, we were originally given less than a third of the books that once belonged to Andrew Perne and we are keen to buy the rest if they ever become available.