Trinity Hall's Old Library dates to the late 1580s and is the fifth oldest library in Cambridge. It contains around 6,000 early printed and private press books on a wide range of subjects. including a large collection of early law books. It also has around 70 manuscripts- the earliest from around 1050. For more on the history of the Old Library, see our website.
The Jerwood Library also has some special collections of books in the Reading Room on the ground floor. The Larman Collection covers books on Tudor and Stuart history. The Strangman Collection covers a wide range of subjects including 18th and 19th century English literature. And the Trinity Hall Collection contains books by and/or about members of Trinity Hall or the history of the College.
Some of the books in the special collections may be borrowed. However, they are only accessible during the hours that the library is staffed. If you would like to consult the special collections, please contact the library staff.
These catalogues cover the special collections at Trinity Hall:
The full text of the majority of books published in English before 1800 are available on Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists most books published in this period.
For enquiries about the Old Library and its rare books and manuscripts, please contact:
Jenni Lecky-Thompson, Head of Library Services
For enquiries about archival collections, please contact:
Alex Browne, Archivist
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday