St Anne’s new Library and Academic Centre completed

We are delighted to announce that the new Library and Academic Centre has reached practical completion and the building was handed to College on Tuesday 28 November 2016. 


St Anne’s has one of the largest Oxford College libraries, but the current Library, built in 1937, was too small for its remarkable collection and for the 750 undergraduate and graduate students who use it. There were spaces for only 73 readers and the new Library will increase this to over 140. The books will start moving in on Monday 5 December and the Library will be available to students from Hilary term.    

The new building provides a variety of new study and seminar spaces and 1,500 metres of bookshelves for our growing collection of books. The new Library complements our original Grade II listed library in Hartland House designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the façade of which has now been revealed to Woodstock Road. Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects plans for the new Library were inspired by Oxford’s historic buildings, and it has been designed to last for centuries. It is built in local limestone, in common with Hartland House, the Dining Hall and the Ruth Deech Building, and is characterised by large floor to ceiling windows which will reveal the activity inside and will visually complement the distinctive windows of Hartland House, the Dining Hall and the Ruth Deech Building.

The first floor includes a large seminar room which will be used to welcome potential students to St Anne’s, and several smaller reading rooms that can be used for quiet study or for group working, depending on the students’ needs. The top floor provides working space for St Anne’s Research Centres in the arts and sciences, including The Centre for Personalised Medicine ( and Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation ( The project has also created new green spaces at St Anne’s including a roof garden accessible from the first floor, a sunken garden accessible from the lower ground floor and an open area in front of the Ruth Deech Building and Hartland House.

 We are extremely grateful to the 500 alumnae and friends who have made a donation towards this project, and look forward to welcoming you back to St Anne’s. If you wish to view the new building, please get in touch with and we will ensure that you are able to do so. Those in the local community are also very welcome.  

Domestic Bursar, Jim Meridew: ‘I am delighted to have played a part in this exciting chapter of St Anne’s history.  The new building will be a stimulating and rewarding place for our academics and student to work in and I very much look forward to seeing it in use.’

Librarian, Clare White: 'The new building provides us with wonderful facilities which will support the many different activities that take place at St Anne’s. It’s been a real joy to see the finished building and I’m looking forward to seeing the students exploring the new library and making the space their own.'

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