The Jerwood News

Updates from the Jerwood Library Trinity Hall

Vacation borrowing — 26/11/2018

Vacation borrowing

Vacation borrowing begins on Monday 26 November so any books you borrow will be due back on Thursday 17 January 2019.

If you already have books on loan they can be renewed from iDiscover unless you’ve already had them for the maximum amount of time. You’ll have to bring these into the library and return them on the self-issue machine, but can borrow them again straight away.

Recalls are turned off during this period.

Have a great holiday!


Celebrating 20 years of the Jerwood Library — 13/11/2018

Celebrating 20 years of the Jerwood Library

On Friday 9th November students, Fellows and staff at Trinity Hall attended a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Jerwood Library. Architect and Trinity Hall alumnus, Tristan Rees Roberts gave a fascinating talk on how the new library came into being, and the challenges of building on such a small site next to the river. There was also an exhibition of photographs charting the construction process. The talk was followed by a drinks reception which featured a cake in the shape of the Jerwood Library, created by Regency Cakes.

The Jerwood Library as a cake

To coincide with the celebration, a photography competition was held which challenged students to take beautiful and creative photos of the library. The entries were displayed at the event and attendees voted for their favourite. The winning photo was taken by MPhil student Yanin Naiyachit.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate.

History of the Library

The Jerwood Library was commissioned to replace the student library in the Graham Storey room which had long outgrown the capacity to serve the expanding College. There were seats for only 24 students and it housed around 12,000 books on mobile shelving. Various locations within College were considered, but in the end, an area with a gardeners’ store, backing directly onto the River Cam was chosen. The library would be an extension of the Thornton building, built in 1909/10, which provided student accommodation on 3 floors with a large attic space above.

The site of the new building showing the old gardeners’ store. Photo: Freeland Rees Roberts


The work to build the Library took place in two phases. In Phase 1, student rooms in the Thornton building were converted into the library’s entrance hall and reading room. A computer room was also provided in the attic. This work was carried out in the Long Vacation of 1995.

The Library mid-construction. Photo: Freeland Rees Roberts

Construction of the new library building began on 19 Sept 1997 and was completed in time to open in Michaelmas term 1998. Shortly after its completion, the structure was awarded £1.4 million from the Jerwood Foundation, which praised it as a “bold and imaginative conception and design which has taken sensitive account of the building’s environment”. The College then named the Library after the Trust.

The official opening took place in May the following year by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Howe of Aberavon CH QC, an alumnus of Trinity Hall. The new building has space for over 100 readers and contains almost 30,000 books.

The Jerwood Library quickly became a tourist attraction on Garrett Hostel Lane and features as a major landmark on the itineraries of chauffeured punt tours, and in tourist guides and books about Cambridge.

Jerwood Library photo competition — 19/10/2018

Jerwood Library photo competition

Share your images of the Jerwood Library with us and you could win a £30 Amazon voucher!

To celebrate 20 years of the Jerwood Library we are running a photo competition. We’re asking you to capture beautiful and interesting images of the Jerwood, revealing what it means to you, or why you love it.

Whether it’s the architecture, the interior spaces, the views, or the people you meet there, or how the library supports your studies or research, we’d love to see your photos. We’re looking for a combination of photography skills and interesting subjects. Bonus marks for creativity!

The winning photo will be displayed in the Jerwood Library and on the library website and social media. It may also be shared in College and other publications.

Entries will be accepted until 23:59 on Sunday 4 November 2018.

How to enter

Email the photos as an attachment to and use Photo competition as the subject.

Please include the following information with your submission email:

  • Your name
  • Course (and year of study)
  • For each photograph: the Photo name/title

The rules

  • You must be a current student at Trinity Hall
  • The photo must be your own work
  • Photos should be high resolution (ideally 300dpi) and submitted in jpeg, png or tiff format. Please match the file name with the photo name in your email
  • There is a limit of 3 photos per entrant.
  • If your photo/s feature recognisable people, you are responsible for making sure they know what the picture is for, that it may be used in Trinity Hall publications and webpages and that they consent to being photographed
  • Permission for use by Trinity Hall on their website, in publications and other promotional material is granted and assumed by entry into the competition.
  • If your entry is chosen as a winner, you agree to having your submission displayed in the Jerwood Library and used on the library website and library social media.

The shortlist will be selected by Library staff and the winner decided by vote at the library’s anniversary event on 9th November.