King James Library
Founded in 1612 by James VI & I, the King James Library is one of the jewels in the University's crown. The building itself was completed in 1643, and enjoyed a heyday period between 1710 and 1836 when it was a copyright library, entitled to claim a copy of every book published in the British Isles. Samuel Johnson visited in 1776, and thought it "an elegant and luminous" bookroom. By 1848 it housed 40,000 volumes and thought had to be given to creating more space for the growing book stock. A new library was eventually built in 1907-8 in what is currently the Psychology building, and it was from that "old library" that the collections were eventually moved in 1976 to their North Street premises.
Today the King James Library provides atmospheric study space for undergraduate and postgraduate Divinity students studying at St Mary's College, though any member of the University is welcome to use it.
More information is available on the King James Library.
See also: King James Library lectures