The College began buying books for its undergraduate library in 1977 and stored them, by courtesy of the University Librarian and their staff, in the University Library tower. By 1979 the collection numbered some 23,000 books. A significant proportion of these, 18,000, had been bought from Hockerill College, Bishops Stortford on its closure in 1978. These provided a depth of material in the Fine Arts, History and English Literature that could not otherwise have been achieved at this early stage.
In 1979, 2,000 books were organized in Thorneycreek for the use of the first twenty under-graduates who came up in October of that year. The whole stock was moved into the new college building in the Spring of 1981.
The library is built on three floors and is remarkable for its woodwork, which won the Carpenter’s Award for 1981. There are seats for 93 readers, a reading area with comfy chairs and standing desk on the upper floor, and two enclosed rooms on the lower floor.
The Law Library
The Law Library began life in 1980 with the purchase of the Law Reports and other journals; these were housed initially in 5 Adams Road but were moved in 1983 to Teaching Room no. 3, on the floor above the main library. It was enlarged in 1991 under the sponsorship of Messrs. Watson, Farley and Williams. Their sponsorship continued until 2000 and included the purchase of books and journals.
Our current sponsor is Herbert Smith LLP, who has generously provided funds for the purchase of legal textbooks since 2005.
The Fellow Librarian, Professor Peter F Kornicki, is responsible for the Library to the Library Committee, of which at least two members are Junior Members. The Committee normally meets once a term, a list of current Committee members can be found on the noticeboard just outside the Library.