Founded by the pioneering anthropologist Alfred Haddon in 1920, it has amassed a remarkable collection of highly valuable resources, with 62,000 books, pamphlets and periodical volumes gathered over nearly 90 years.
From oracle bone inscriptions of ancient Chinese writing to social relations between the living and dead in an English village; from dental perspectives on our evolution to how humans during the Upper Palaeolithic Age got their five-a-day, the Haddon is the source of enlightening information on human development across time and place.
The Library aims to ensure that its outstanding collections are kept up-to-date through acquisitions of new books, periodicals and journals, and to guarantee the safety of rare and valuable holdings by modernising its security system. It also seeks to improve facilities for readers by providing contemporary, comfortable seating – a prerequisite for long hours of study! – and coin-operated lockers to keep personal belongings safe.