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Special Collections

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Be Well

A collection of books that promote good mental and physical health. Topics include mindfulness, positive psychology and good sleep habits. To bring up the full list of titles in this collection in iDiscover use Advanced Search then filter by Classmark - is (exact) B WELL and filter by Library - Robinson College. The collection is kept on the Upper Floor.

Suggestions for new titles are always welcomed via the Book Purchase form or if you would like to suggest a title anonymously just post the suggestion into the Book Returns Box. In addition, you might find the University Counselling Service self-help leaflets useful and there is also a wellbeing ebook collection.

Study Well

Resources to help students and researchers study smart. Topics include scholarly communication, academic writing and critical thinking. You will find this collection on the Upper Floor of the Library.

The EDI Collection

A selection of books to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. A generous donation by former Librarian Miss L. Read was used to establish this collection. You will find this collection on the Upper Floor of the Library.

The Bowles Collection: Cambridge Town and Gown

This collection of books and pamphlets concentrates on the local history of Cambridge. It was established in 2019 following a bequest by Miss Valerie June Bowles, 1935-2019, to the College library. Miss Bowles lived in Cottenham and was the daughter of Mr Stanley Bowles, engineer at the Cambridge Water Company and Mayor of Cambridge from 1973-1974. Our archives contain correspondence between Stanley Bowles, during his time as Mayor, and Jack Linnett, Chair of the Trustees, over the choice of site for the new college. You can find this collection on the Entrance Floor of the Library.

The Button Collection of Business Histories

Donated to Robinson College Library in 1981 the Button Collection of Business Histories is a fascinating collection of some 140 monographs and additional pamphlets. Kept in a closed store, please speak to Library staff for access.

Members' Collection

A book collection celebrating the published work of past and present members of Robinson College, currently kept in the Library Office. Those eligible to donate should send bibliographic details for consideration to

Robinson College Collection

Books related to Robinson College, including on the artists represented in our collection, especially by and about Patrick Reyntiens and John Piper. Kept in the Library Office.

Peter Blundell Jones Collection

Books from the personal library of Peter Blundell Jones, Architect and Architectural Historian, 1949-2016. Focuses on 20th century German, Austrian and Swedish architecture. The cataloguing of these books is in progress.