James Howarth


James has been the Librarian at the Hall since May 2018. He came to St Edmund Hall from Balliol College where he was Assistant Librarian from December 2015. Previously he has worked at the International Institute of Strategic Studies and at Lambeth Palace Library in London, as well as the Taylorian Library in Oxford. He holds MAs in Library and Information Studies from UCL and Medieval Studies from the University of York, as an undergraduate he read English at Exeter College, Oxford.

As Librarian, James strives to make the Library the intellectual hub of Hall life and a welcoming place to study. He is responsible for maintaining and developing the library’s collections and particularly welcomes book requests (on almost any topic) from students.

He is also responsible for the Hall’s historic and special collections that live in the 17th century Old Library and is keen to promote their use in research, study and outreach. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about the Old Library and the Hall’s collection of early printed books.

Outside of work James still likes books, as well as cooking and travel. But mostly books.

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'Neat and commodious': Some views of Teddy Hall and Oxford

5 Jun 2019

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A very honest, modest, & ingenious Man: Francis White and the Benefactors’ Board in St Peter-in-the-East

12 Mar 2019

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Johannes Kepler on Snowflakes or what to give someone who has everything

4 Dec 2019

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King Arthur & St Edmund: An Exhibition Summary

5 Nov 2019

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340 Years of the Chapel and Old Library

19 Apr 2020

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Whose Hall is it Anyway? Annotation, Mutilation and a Mystery in our copy of 'The History of the University of Oxford'

4 Nov 2020

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