Welcome to the Library


Originally the Society’s debating chamber, the Union Library boasts an impressive collection in a breathtaking environment. The murals adorning its walls were painted by none other than William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and retain the stunning vibrancy typical of Pre-Raphaelite art. 

Vacation opening hours

Monday to Friday: 09.30 to 17:00

Please note we are closed 24th August to 10th September inclusive.

Term time hours resume 1st October.

Library resources

The Library’s shelves are stocked with works across all academic disciplines, providing a convenient solution when college and faculty libraries have been stripped of popular texts. This additional supply of academic resources located in the centre of town is invaluable.   

The Union Library is also equipped with non-academic resources distinguishing it from University institutions, including:

  • magazines
  • travel guides
  • newspapers
  • contemporary fiction
  • DVDs (a diverse selection of classic, contemporary and international DVDs) 


Open Wi-Fi alongside a collection of comfortable armchairs and individually lit desks, contribute to an environment conducive to both study and casual page turning.   

The Library is run and kept up to date by a committee open to all members. Stock suggestions are responded to very quickly meaning that while the beauty of the space remains constant, the collection is continually renovated.