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Library & Archive

Girton has one of the largest and most comprehensive College libraries in the University, holding in the region of 95,000 books

The 1930s building of the Library, with its awe-inspiring vaulted timber ceiling, was complemented in 2005 by a multi-award winning extension. This created a spacious IT resources area and a state-of-the-art repository to house the Archive and the Special Collections. These collections range from rare Sanskrit manuscripts to gifts of books from Girton’s most notable early supporters such as Tennyson, Ruskin and George Eliot. There are extensive and internationally important collections on the history of women and work, the suffrage movement, and women’s education, as well as an extensive archive of the College’s ground-breaking history.

Library News

12 August 2020

We are pleased to announce that Girton College Library is now offering a “click and collect” service to current members of the College resident in Cambridge. Please fill in the request form at, allowing 3 working days.

You will be emailed when the books are ready to collect from the Lodge.

5 August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Archive and Special Collections are now open for remote enquiries.

However, please be aware replying to enquiries may take us slightly longer in these unusual circumstances. We regret that we are still unable to welcome visiting researchers into the Archive and Special Collections but will provide an update as soon as possible.


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