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Selwyn College Library: Selwyn's Old Library

Archives, rare books, and special collections in Selwyn's Old Library

Selwyn has a growing archive relating to the foundation, history, and life of the college and of people related to it. You can find more information on the college website and can search the collection on ArchiveSearch. To visit the archive, or to make an enquiry, please email the Archivist, Elizabeth Stratton. (Please note that Elizabeth works limited hours, so there may be a delay in responding to your enquiry.)

The Old Library also houses a collection of several thousand older and rare books, details of which can be found on iDiscover. To consult a book that is shown on iDiscover as being in the Old Library, please email library staff.

We'll be adding more information to this page, so do check back - or get in touch - if you'd like to learn more about our collections.

Visiting the Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections

To visit the Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections (ARBSC), please email to make an appointment with the Archivist or with library staff. The ARBSC consultation room is on the ground floor.

There are two toilets, including one accessible toilet, on the ground floor. There is also drinking water available in the kitchenette near the entrance.

There is level access from the entrance of the building to the ARBSC consultation room. The front door to the Old Library is automated but the door to the ARBSC consultation room is not.

Selwyn College Archives images of a swan on the frozen River Cam, the college frontage onto Grange Road, and and an illustration of a Maori building by Bishop Selwyn

Also in the Old Library

In addition to the Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections, you will also find teaching rooms and the Development Office in the Old Library.

The bookable rooms are to the left as you enter the building and the Development Office is on the first floor.

Rare book held open by a snake weight

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