Reading the Odyssey like it's not a cliche


We want you to have the books you need for your course or your research — we buy many of our books based on students' recommendations.

Reading the Odyssey like it's not a cliche

Lee Library Collections

Academic holdings

The Lee Library's main collection, its academic holdings, is maintained to support Wolfson students reading for taught courses, primarily at undergraduate level, and to a lesser extent at taught post graduate level. We acquire books in accordance with the Lee Library Collection Development Policy (pdf).

In addition to titles selected from the Faculty and Departmental readings lists and/or recommended by Directors of Studies, many of the books we buy are in response to suggestions from students. Suggestions to support taught courses at undergraduate and masters (MPhil, LLM, etc.) level are given priority, but we also welcome suggestions from research students for titles with broad appeal.

You can submit a suggestion via the online form. Please supply as many details as possible about the book you wish to recommend, and include your own contact details so that we can keep you informed of the progress of your suggestion.

We act on your suggestions as soon as possible, and in many cases a new book will be delivered within a week to a fortnight after ordering. However, please note that we cannot guarantee a fast turn-around for all books, so please try to plan ahead and recommend books in good time.

Hard Copy Journals

The Lee Library takes very few journals, since there is a vast periodical literature readily available across the span of libraries elsewhere in the University and/or online. Search iDiscover for article or journal titles.

Our current subscriptions to academic serials in hard copy are in Law:

  • Cambridge Law Journal
  • Law Quarterly Review

General interest periodicals

College also subscribes to a number of general interest periodicals, which are displayed with the daily newspapers in the Karen Spärck Jones Room. Penultimate issues are transferred to the Periodicals display stand in the Library, either side of the bust of Tan Sri Dr Lee Kong Chian, and back issues are kept in the Library for up to one calendar year.

Please note that back issues of periodical parts may not be borrowed.


A large range of electronic journals is available via the University Library's e-journals portal. Search iDiscover for article or journal titles or look at the A-Z database listing for databases such as Web of Science, SCOPUS, JStor and more.

Other collections

Study skills section

A selection of titles covering a range of topics including reading and writing at university for the first time, returning to academic study after a career break, writing and publishing a research paper, and guidelines to completing a Ph.D. are available for loan from the shelves outside the Librarian's office.

If you have suggestions for additional topics or particular titles that you think would be useful, then please let us know.


These books cover topics such as managing anxiety, healthy eating, coping with perfectionism as well as cooking and gardening. They have the classmark WB, and can be found on the shelves opposite the borrowing machine. We welcome suggestions for titles to augment this collection.

British Collection

We also have a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of books about British culture and travel. These are located opposite the Library Assistant's Office in the main reading room.

Recreational reading

Thanks to the generosity of past and present members, there is a selection of contemporary novels and other recreational reading in the Lee Room in the Jack King Building, available for unlimited loan. There is no restriction on the number borrowed at any one time, but please do return them when you have finished, so that they can be enjoyed by others. We welcome donations to refresh this collections, especially titles in languages other than English. Please contact the Library if you have books you would like to pass on to the college.