Queens' College Library
Rare Book Collections
Contacts & Staff
Searching student library books/ebooks
- Use LibrarySearch to search all Cambridge libraries in one search. This includes Queens' books but does not indicate whether or not they are on loan.
- Use Newton to search all Cambridge libraries via eight different databases. Queens' library is in 'Newton: Colleges P-W' (NB like LibrarySearch, Newton does not indicate whether or not Queens' books are on loan).
Searching Queens' Old Library collections (early printed books & manuscripts)
Queens' Old Library has not yet been catalogued online, with the exception of its 28 incunables (these can be found on Newton/LibrarySearch/Heritage). Further items are being added gradually.
- Pre 1827 printed and manuscript holdings can be searched using Thomas Hartwell Horne's 3 vol. Catalogue of the Library of St. Margaret and St. Bernard, commonly called Queens' College in the University of Cambridge (London, 1827). Copies are held in Queens' and many other research libraries.A digitised copy of Horne's Queens' Library catalogue (in 2 vols.) can be browsed and searched online via the internet Archive: Volume I ; Volume II ; Subject index ; Name Index
Most Queens' incunables are listed on ISTC and around 800 items are listed on ESTC (further relevant Queens' books are reported to ESTC as time permits).
- Queens' college Western Manuscripts are catalogued in M.R. James A descriptive catalogue of the Western manuscripts in the library of Queen's college, Cambridge (Cambridge, 1905). A digitised copy can be accessed via the Internet Archive.
- Manuscripts (including non-western) that were owned by Queens' in the early 19th century were catalogued at the end of Volume II (pp. 997-9) of Thomas Hartwell Horne's Catalogue of the Library of St. Margaret and St. Bernard, commonly called Queens' College in the University of Cambridge (London, 1827). The Descriptions and an Index are available online via the digitised copy on the Internet Archive