St George's Chapel Archives and Chapter Library, Windsor Castle

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: 01753 848725

Photo of St George's Chapel

Image copyright: The Dean and Canons of Windsor

About the library

The Library has been an integral part of the life of the College of St George from its foundation in 1348. The first books were kept chained to desks in the Chapel. A separate library was built in the 1480s above the Dean's Cloister to house the growing number of books. Despite the loss of seventy of its manuscript books in 1612, donated to Sir Thomas Bodley for his new library in Oxford, the Library's holdings continued to expand. In 1692 the books were removed to the Vicars' Hall and since 1999 have been housed in air-conditioned book rooms in the Vicars' Hall Undercroft. The library now contains nearly 6000 rare books, including nine incunables, many still in their original bindings. They cover a wide range of subjects: religion, history, classics, geography, topography, navigation, bibliography, mathematics and medicine.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - consult the College of St George's website ( for access details. Advance booking essential.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the Archives section of the College website for a summary of holdings (


St George's Chapel data on Copac

Example record from the University of St George's Chapel Archives and Chapter Library:

Title: Juuenalis familiare com[m]entu[m] [by J. Badius Ascensius]. Cum Antonij Mancinelli...explanatione. / [By: Juvenalis, Decimus Junius.
  Published: [Lyon] : 'pro Stephano Gaynardo, arte et industria Nicolai Wolf' 14 December 1498

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.