Catalogue of Winchester College Fellows’ Library added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the records of Winchester College Fellows’ Library have been added to Copac.

Interior of the Winchester College Fellows' Library

Interior of the Winchester College Fellows’ 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.

You can find out more about the library, including contact details, on their Copac information page. To browse the library’s records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Winchester College’ from the list of libraries.

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