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Special collections

Read about the 图书馆's rare books and manuscripts

The College 图书馆's special collections consist of approximately 10,000卷, and include manuscripts, early printed books, and the libraries of some of our most distinguished alumni.

Access to our rare books and manuscripts is extremely limited until 2022, while major building works take place adjacent to the library. 请 contact the Librarian, Dr Colin Higgins, for information on which of our collections remain available for consultation.

Work on the creation of electronic catalogue records for our rare books is ongoing. Information about these books is available from the library office, where a complete card catalogue and various printed catalogues are stored.

  • Western medieval manuscripts, many of which were described by M.R. 詹姆斯在他的 Descriptive 目录 of the Manuscripts in the library of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, published in 1925.
  • Almost 800 15th and 16th century printed books, the earliest of which are listed in J.B. Bilderbeck的 Early Printed Books in the 图书馆 of St Catharine's College Cambridge, published in 1911.
  • A collection of books by, or about, Charles Darwin, given by Sydney Smith (Fellow, 1939-1988).
  • A collection of bibles, 语法, 字典, and some works of literature collected by Thomas Jarrett (1805-1882), who at different periods of his career was the University's Professor of Arabic and Regius Professor of Hebrew.
  • Hispanic works of literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries collected by Henry John Chaytor (1871-1954).
  • The bequests of Thomas Neale (1705), John Addenbrooke (1718), and Thomas Sherlock (1761).
  • A complete collection of early-printed works by James Shirley.

Many of our rare books are listed in the standard catalogues, such as Pollard and Redgrave, 和亚当斯. The Smith collection of Darwinalia, the Addenbrooke and Chaytor bequests, and the books described by Bilderbeck, are fully catalogued, ,可能 searched online, though only some of our other rare books are currently discoverable in this way.

St Catharine's contributes to the Cambridge University Digital 图书馆 (CUDL). Digital surrogates of a selection of our manuscripts and early printed books can be found on our CUDL页面. Links to these manuscripts, and to other digitized items in our collection, can also be found on our own Digital 图书馆 页面.

Access to the College's unique and distinctive collections is by appointment only. 请 contact the Librarian at least two weeks before you plan to visit. For information about how we use any personal information you provide us with to answer your enquiry, or manage your visit, please refer to the 图书馆 and Archive Data Protection Statement.