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Quincentenary Library

Quincentenary Library view from the top floor looking down over the main staircase with the Antony Gormley sculpture in the distance and the bookshelves all around

The Quincentenary Library is the College's working library. We have more than 60,000 books and other resources covering most of the taught courses in the University.

You can find us in Library Court on the main College site. We're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are lots of different areas to sit and study, and we have WiFi internet access throughout the whole building.

Our team consists of:

  • Rhona Watson, Quincentenary Librarian
  • Diana Caulfield, Assistant Librarian
  • Sarah Burton, Assistant Librarian (Academic Services)
  • Library Invigilators who work out of office hours during term.

Find out about using the library, our library resources, and if you're having any problems, contact us.

Other resources

As well as the day to day resources of the Quincentenary Library, Jesus houses many old books, manuscripts, personal papers, and records in the Old Library and the College Archives.

You can't book any of the desks or rooms in the library. To book study space, please use the Study Centre: 19A Jesus Lane near West Court. You can check availability and book via Jerome; there is a Jerome App or log into JNet: Jerome App. Room set-ups and equipment vary. You can invite non-Jesuans into the Study Centre. Jesus College staff can book the Training Room behind the Kwok via JNet.

The Kwok Computer Room on the ground floor of the Library building is also open round the clock. The Library team can help with empty paper trays, paper jams and how to send a job to the printer, along with some minor queries, but for all other issues, please contact the IT team.

The Webb Library is based in West Court and is largely a function space that also stores the most recent Jesuan Collection books; it is not part of the Quincentenary Library. These books come under the remit of the Old Library. If you need access to any of these titles, check the Quincentenary Library doesn't hold the book as well, then contact the Old Library to request the book. As it is a function space, there may be an event on and instant access can't be guaranteed. All books in the Webb Library are consultation only and cannot be loaned.

Useful contact details

You can email:

Library hours

The library team are here to help you make the best use of the library and all its resources. Our core office hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am - 12pm and 2 - 5pm 
  • Friday 9am - 12pm and 2 - 4pm.

Around Christmas and over the summer, the library and library office are sometimes closed for cleaning, please look out for notices.

Contact us

You can email us or phone us on +44 (0)1223 339451. If you would like help out of hours, then please email our Library Invigilators, who work evenings and weekends during term.

Academic support

During your time at Jesus College, you can receive support on academic skills. For help with your writing, Lizzie Collingham, the writing coordinator, offers individual sessions for undergraduates. To find out about the Postgraduate Development Programme, more details are on JNET. For help with library and information skills, including referencing, finding resources and using databases, contact our Assistant Librarian, Sarah Burton. She can help by email, in person or via a video call. Take a look in Library Skills and Academic Skills for more details.

About the building

The Quincentenary Library was designed by the architects Evans and Shalev, and was officially opened by the Queen in March 1996 to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of the foundation of Jesus College. 

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