The Old Library at Christ’s College dates from the foundation of the College in 1505. Lady Margaret Beaufort began a tradition of donating books that has continued throughout the centuries. As a result, its collections today number some 50,000 rare manuscripts and printed books covering a wide variety of languages, historical periods and subject areas.
As custodian of this remarkable heritage, the College continues to protect and curate this valuable content for future generations. A major conservation programme is ongoing, with two main objectives:
- Expert restoration of books, manuscripts and documents
- Long-term custodianship to ensure optimum conditions for the Library and Archives
for the future preservation of its collections.
If you would like to assist in conserving our splendid collections, why not consider becoming a Friend of the Old Library or sponsoring a book in need of vital repair?