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Rules for using the College Library


Collection Development Policy


Donations Policy

The College is grateful to all those who have made donations of materials to the Library.  These enable the Library to grow its important collection and to support research and teaching in the College.

Conditions of Acceptance

Due to constraints on storage and the demands on staff time to catalogue and conserve materials, the Library must be selective in what it acquires. Some collections or items may also be more appropriately offered to other repositories.

Donors should be aware that

The Library is likely only to consider material that falls within the scope of its collection development policy. This includes material supporting teaching and research, items published by Old Members and materials connected to the history and wider links of the College.

The Library does not normally accept material in poor physical condition.

The Library reserves the right to deal with donated material as it deems appropriate and to dispose of material at the time of receipt or at a later date.

The donor warrants that they own the physical property in the donation.

If items are accepted, then they become the property of the College.

If appropriate, the Library will also liaise with the Old Members’ Office.


Offers of material should be sent to the Librarian via If a number of items are proposed for donation, then a list should be supplied.  A donations agreement may be suggested for a larger donation or a donation of archive or manuscript material.