Winchester College Fellows' Library

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Winchester College Fellows' Library

About the library

The Fellows’ Library is the historic book collection of Winchester College, a school founded by William of Wykeham in 1382. The library was established at the beginning of the 15th century and contains several manuscripts given by the founder and other early benefactors. A considerable part of the collection (in excess of 1,000 volumes) was acquired before 1700, though the majority entered the library in the 18th and 19th centuries. It now contains around 12,000 items. There are 40 medieval manuscripts, 52 incunabula, c.800 16th century editions, and c. 2,000 editions from each of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The library also houses a collection of 20th century artists’ books and modern fine printing. There is a substantial reference collection of works on Winchester College and the history of the book. Particular strengths of the collection are Bibles and theology, English literature of the 15th to 18th centuries, English travel books and maps, early scientific books, and Wiccamica (books by Old Wykehamists or relating to the history of the school). The library is open to researchers by appointment, please contact:

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, please contact:


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