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Durham University

St John's College

Learning Resource Centre

We are delighted that the Learning Resource Centre was finished at the end of June 2019. Around 27,000 books have been moved from the old library to the LRC over summer. The LRC provides over double the number of study spaces than the previous library, as well as a state-of-the art lecture room and seminar room on the ground floor. College extends a huge thank you to all those alumni and friends who have made this project possible.

The new Learning Resource Centre: a 21st-century learning space in a century-old College

After a period of archeological excavation, the LRC was constructed between July 2018 to June 2019. Watch a time lapse video of the demolition of the old house here and one of the construction of the LRC here.

The Sir William Leech Library occupies the first and second floors of our purpose-built Learning Resource Centre, which is situated next to the college chapel.

The building is open 24/7 to library members and access is normally by campus card. There are CCTV cameras and a book security system in operation.

The library is light, spacious and congenial for study, with 86 study desks as well as a group study room for up to 8 people and an excellent stock of around 27,000 books, which includes a particularly fine theology collection. About 1,000 books on a wide range of subjects are added to stock each year.

Jane Ghosh, our friendly College librarian, is available part of the day to help with any queries.

The library catalogue is fully searchable online at:

and the librarian can be contacted by email at:


St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.