The New Library
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the New Library is a purpose-built space in College for Magdalene students to meet, work, relax and find inspiration.
Using the New Library
Information about opening hours, accessing the New Library and accessibility.
Studying in the Library
A guide to the study spaces and facilities available in the Library and the rules and etiquette for using the Library space.
Key information about the College Library and key resources for new starters.
The Library Collection
A guide to the physical collections and resources available in the New Library.
Users of the College Library are warmly encouraged to recommend books for purchase. Recommending books can be done either by filling in a book recommendation slip available from the Library or by emailing the details to the Library Team.
Finding and Borrowing Books
Guidance on using our online catalogue to locate resources in the Library. Details of the College Library borrowing and renewals procedures and guidance on how to borrow items from the Library.
eBooks and other eResources
Information about online resources available to all Magdalene students.
New Library Map
Navigate your way around the New Library and find all of the books and resources you are looking for with the New Library Map.
The Library Team is available to support all students in making the best use of the library and its resources. The Deputy Librarian and Library Assistant are normally available in the Library Office between 9:00am-5pm on weekdays.
Can’t find the answers you need? This page lists the most frequently asked questions. The Deputy Librarian and Libraries Assistant are available on weekdays and are always happy to help!
The College Library was separated from the Old Library in 1960, and established in the Bradfield Room in the Pepys Building on the first floor of Right Cloister. The refitting was the gift of Sir Owen Morshead GCVO, a Fellow and former College Librarian.
Request and Collect
Request and collect books from the College Library if you are resident in College but unable to access the Library. This service will enable you to request to borrow Magdalene College Library book(s). The service is for current Magdalene students, Fellows and staff.
Supporting the Library
Throughout its history the College Library has benefitted from book donations. We are always very grateful to receive publication donations, those wishing to make a donation are advised to contact the Library in advance and if possible to provide a list of books being offered.
The Robert Cripps Gallery
The Robert Cripps Gallery opened in November 2021 as a gallery space for visiting exhibitions and for displaying parts of the College art collection to the wider community. The gallery forms a key part of the New Library as a purpose-built space to meet, relax and find inspiration.