Elisha Robinson (1645–1670) was appointed Librarian c. 1666. He was educated as St John's College, Cambridge (1660; B.A. 1663/4; M.A. 1667). He was ordained deacon (1665) and priest (September 1666). In the same month he was installed as rector of St George's, Canterbury, and held this living until his death in 1670. He was simultaneously a minor canon at the Cathedral, being called 'Mr Robinson the Chanter' in one document.
He appears in the Treasurer's Book for 1668/9 as 'Bibliothecarius' with a salary of £7–0–0 per annum when a payment is noted 'March 22. To Mr Robinson for a paper booke to write a Catalogue for the Bookes in the Library — [£]0–3–4'. There is no surviving catalogue of printed books dated 1669 but the 1671 catalogue of manuscripts (CCA DCc-LA/1/16) may be the work of Elisha Robinson.