Rare books & Archives
At Hertford, we’re proud to be the custodians of two exceptional collections – our rare books, which number around 5000, and our archival material which traces the history of teaching and learning on Catte Street back to its earliest foundations.
Thank you for visiting the Hertford College Archives and rare books webpages. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the College Archives and rare books collection are closed until further notice. The Archivist and Librarian are working from home and can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Alternatively you can leave a voicemail message which can be checked remotely on 01865 279409. We will do our best to answer any enquiries, however without access to our usual sources of information we may not be able to provide an answer at this time.
Our historic library collection around 5000 books published from the 15th century onwards, including a small number incunabula – books printed before 1501 in Europe. We also hold a number of books written or donated by some of our famous alumni.
The Archives house material relating to the present college and its governance, as well as to that of our predecessors – Hart Hall, Magdalen Hall and the first short-lived Hertford College. To find out more about the college’s history, visit our Hertford History page.