Hertford College Library

Hertford 2030 prioritises excellence in research and teaching, underpinned by world-class facilities.

For centuries, Hertford’s library has been the foundation of our students’ academic potential, a place where everyone has the opportunity to excel. Now, we are creating an exceptional space for our students that preserves the best of our past and enables the future of learning. This ambitious project is central to our Hertford 2030 aspirations, and has our values at its heart: access, academic excellence and sustainability. Like Hertford it will be open and welcoming, a place of opportunity. And in the Hertford spirit, it is a unifying, collaborative project for the whole college community.

Hertford’s refoundation in 1874 was made possible in large part due to the benefaction of Thomas Baring. This tradition of philanthropy has continued as the college has grown throughout the years, and we are grateful to all our donors for everything their generosity has helped to achieve. The library redevelopment will be a genuinely collaborative project, and we are seeking support from members across the Hertford community to realise our ambitions.

Thanks to the generosity of the Hertford community, we’ve raised £4m, half of our fundraising target. Every gift, whether large or small, will make a real difference. Donations can be made tax efficiently in the UK, US and beyond, and can be spread over a number of years.

If you remember the library as your Hertford haunt – or perhaps if you feel you didn’t spend as much time there as you might have done – we’d love to hear from you.


How you can direct your gifts

Add your name to our online benefactors' book icon

Add your name to our online benefactors' book



Name a chair for £1,000 icon

Name a chair for £1,000

Or for £70 a month for one year (including Gift Aid)

Contact us to discuss supporting a particular area of the library icon

Contact us to discuss supporting a particular area of the library

Online Benefactors’ Book
The Magdalen Hall Benefactors’ Books recorded donations from the 1650s to the 1740s of books, coins, globes and money to the library. We will be recreating this book online to celebrate all donations to our new library, particularly those under £1,000 which will not be recorded elsewhere.


Name a Seat
Donors giving £1,000 ($1,200) will be acknowledged through a named seat in the library. The Development team will contact ‘name a seat’ donors upon receipt of their donation to record preferences for how their name will appear; alternatively you can contact us directly by email.


Fundraising priorities

Find out more about our other fundraising priorities and Hertford 2030 plans here.