The Wren Library is open to the public Monday to Friday between 12 noon and 2.00pm (last admission 1.50pm). During full term the library is also open on Saturdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm (last admission 12.20pm). Visitors to the library can enter the College via the side gate on Garret Hostel Lane or via the Avenue off Queen’s Road. During public opening hours the number of visitors in the library is restricted to fifteen at any one time so during busy periods entry queues can be expected.
The library was completed in 1695 to the design of Sir Christopher Wren, who was responsible for the design of the building and also for the bookcases and furniture. Features of special interest include the decorative wood-carving by Grinling Gibbons, the marble busts of eminent Trinity men carved by Roubiliac and Scheemakers, the statue of Lord Byron by Bertel Thorvaldsen, and the south facing painted glass window by Giovanni Battista Cipriani. There are six exhibition cases in which a small fraction of the library’s treasures are on display.
Unfortunately, the Wren Library is not accessible to wheelchair users.