Information about St John’s manuscripts, early printed books, personal papers and other Special Collections materials.
Genesis in North American native language

Research Visits

The unfortunate combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and our building works continues to limit the availability of appointments to consult St John’s College’s manuscripts, early printed books, personal papers, and other Special Collections materials. We aim to fulfil as many consultation requests as possible by supplying images (please see “Image Requests” below).

If research questions cannot be answered by images, we will try our best to provide consultation appointments. In Hilary Term 2022 we can only offer appointments on Tuesdays 10am-noon or 2pm-4pm. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will book only one 2hr slot per person. Because of our reduced appointments and the inability to welcome more than one visitor at a time, we may not be able to accommodate short-notice requests.

Please note that:

  • we are fully booked for the remainder of 2021.
  • no appointments are available on the following days: 18, 25 January, 1 February, 15 March 2022

Please complete the Research Visit Request well in advance of your planned visit.

For visits to the library without research interests, including group visits, please see Exhibitions & Library Visits.

Image Requests

Digital images for private study and publications may be ordered by completing the Image Order form. Please submit your requests well in advance.  

Permission to Publish

If you would like to publish images of items in St John’s College’s Special Collections, please complete the Permission to Publish (Print) and/or Permission to Publish (Electronic) form(s) as relevant; the latter includes publications on websites. This applies to all images of items in St John’s Special Collections regardless whether the images are supplied by the library or taken by yourself or others.