Eton College Library

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Eton College Library

About the library

Eton College Library was established in the 1440s as the library of the Provost and Fellows, who form the governing body of Eton College. Today it holds more than 150,000 items, ranging from the 9th to 21st centuries. These include nearly 200 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; ca 26,000 printed items of the 15th-19th centuries (including 194 incunabula and the Waddington Pamphlet Collection of ca 4700 pamphlets, tracts and sermons dating from the 16th-18th centuries); the Macnaghten Library of First World War materials, presented to Eton as a memorial in 1938 (ca 5000 volumes); literary manuscripts and autograph letters; and prints and drawings. Strengths include classics, theology, English literature, art, travel, private presses, theatrical history, books on Eton and Windsor and fine bindings.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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