College Library

College Library is a rare book and manuscript library of international importance. Established soon after the foundation of Eton College, it houses more than 150,000 items, ranging from the 9th to 21st centuries. These include printed and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, and prints and drawings. 

The library's earliest collections were predominantly theological. Changes in taste and thought are reflected in subsequent additions, which include large numbers of classical books and manuscripts, early scientific works, historical and literary texts in modern languages, and materials valued primarily for their aesthetic or historical interest.

In the 1960s the college began also collecting rare books and manuscripts from the 19th century onwards. The modern collection includes important holdings of English literature and is also rich in travel writing, theatrical history and fine printing. College Library also has responsibility for the Macnaghten Library of First World War materials, presented to Eton as a memorial in 1938. 

Access and Enquiries

College Library’s collections may be explored in our online catalogue

Materials in the library may be consulted by appointment. Please email research enquiries or image requests to the Collections Administrator, or write to the Librarian, Eton College Library, Eton College, Windsor, SL4 6DB. The library also welcomes specialist groups and school visits

The Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize

The Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize seeks to encourage research into the Malcolm Arnold Archive at College Library. Please visit the Essay Prize page for further details.