Birmingham Theological Libraries Group
 

 

Library of Birmingham

Maryvale Institute Library

Newman University Library

Orchard Learning Resources Centre

Glancey Library - Oscott College

The Queen's Foundation Library

University of Birmingham Library

Woodbrooke College Library

 

 

This page contains details of the wealth of theological, biblical and religious resources held in the Birmingham area. Information is given on the nature of collections held at various institutions around Birmingham, who to contact, whether catalogues are online, and access rights, for example. To view information on individual institutions, either click on the appropriate link above, or scroll down the page.

 

LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM
Library Contact: David Bishop
Telephone Number: 0121 303 6129
E-mail: david.c.bishop@birmingham.gov.uk
Library Website: http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com/
Library Catalogue:

http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com

Institution: Birmingham City Council
Institution's Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND
Type of Institution: Public Library
Institution's website: http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com.
Stock and Subject Coverage: Good all round collection of Theological Studies, covering Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Modern Theological Thought, Church History, Liturgy, Ethics, Patristics, Spiritual and Devotional Literature, and theology relating to social, political and economic matters. Substantial collection of material on the world's religions covering beliefs, doctrines, worship and the sacred scriptures. Significant holdings in Christian denominational material, particularly Quaker. Collection of material on the Christadelphians and an excellent collection of denominational year books and directories. The Department also collects current documentary material of the World Council of Churches, British Council of Churches and Church Synod publications. Good all round collection of Philosophy including all schools and systems and such topics as Metaphysics, Logic, Epistemology and the History of Eastern and Western Philosophy. Arts, Language and Literature Department houses the Early Fine Printing Collection which includes 8,00 books printed before 1701, a proportion of which are theological. Local and archival material covering Theology, including the Birmingham Diocesan Record Office is available in the Local Studies and Archive Departments.
Special Collections: Rosicrucian Collection (c. 400 volumes, Social Sciences), Thomas Hall Library, the parish library of Kings Norton (c. 700 volumes, Arts, Language and Literature), Thomas Bray Library, the parish library of Sheldon (c. 370 volumes, Arts, language and Literature)
Printed Publications: None specifically on theology
Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday

0900 - 2000
  Saturday 0900 - 1700
  Sunday Closed
Access: Public Library providing free access to everyone. Access for wheelchair users via ramp and lifts.

 

MARYVALE INSTITUTE LIBRARY
Library Contact: Paul James
Telephone Number: 0121 325 2406
E-mail: library.maryvale@dial.pipex.com
Library Website: Not yet available
Library Catalogue: Not yet available
Institution: Maryvale Institute
Institution's Address: Maryvale House
Old Oscott Hill
Kingstanding
Birmingham
B44 9AG
Type of Institution: Distance Learning College for further and higher education, specialising in Catholic Theology, Religious Education and Catechesis.
Institution's website: http://www.maryvale.ac.uk
Stock and Subject Coverage: Catholic Theology, Religious Education and Catechesis, and covering Church history, doctrinal theology, education, liturgy, moral theology, philosophy, psychology, religious education and catechesis, scripture, spirituality.
Special Collections: Drinkwater Collection (a collection of the works of Canon F. Drinkwater, a pioneer in modern religious education and catechesis).
Printed Publications: No Distance! the newsletter for Maryvale students
Opening Hours:

Monday

0900 - 1630
  Tuesday - Saturday 0830 - 1630
  Sunday Closed
  (The Institute has short holiday breaks at Christmas, Easter and in August. The Library is also closed on those Saturdays on which no course is run).
Access: In general, reference only, but audio-visual resources may be hired in many cases. Open to Maryvale students, people of the diocese and the general public.


NEWMAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Library Contact: Lydia Gibbs
Telephone Number: 0121 476 1181 ext 1406
E-mail: library-enquiries@newman.ac.uk
Library Website: http://www.newman.ac.uk/library/
Library Catalogue: https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/newman-ac/
Institution: Newman University
Institution's Address: Bartley Green
Birmingham
B32 3NT
Type of Institution: University
Institution's website: http://www.newman.ac.uk/

Stock and Subject Coverage: Bible, Christianity (church history, ethics, liturgy, spirituality, worship), Catholic Theology, Doctrinal Theology, Ethics, Feminist Theology, Patristics, Philosophy of Religion, Religious Education, Science and Theology, Sociology of Religion, Systematic Theology

Special Collections:

John Henry Newman Collection, Local History, Children's Fiction
Printed Publications: Various subject, collection and database guides
Opening Hours: (Term-time)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 08:45 - 20:00]
  Wednesday 07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 09:45 - 20:00]
  Friday 07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 08:45 - 17:00]
  Saturday 07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 11:00 - 15:00]
  Sunday 07:30 - 00:00
[Not staffed]
Opening Hours: (Vacations)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 09:00 - 17:00]
  Wednesday 07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 09:45 - 17:00]
  Friday 07:30 - 00:00
[staffed 09:00 - 16:30]
  Saturday - Sunday 07:30 - 00:00
[Not staffed]
Access: Reference only for non-registered users. Ramp and lift access for wheelchair users.

 

GLANCEY LIBRARY - OSCOTT COLLEGE
Library Contact: Kevin O'Connor
Telephone Number: 0121 321 5022
E-mail: Librarian@oscott.net
Library Website: Not yet available
Library Catalogue: Not yet available
Institution: St Mary's College, Oscott
Institution's Address: Chester Road,
Sutton Coldfield,
West Midlands,
B73 5AA
Type of Institution: Seminary for the Training of Catholic Priests
Institution's website: http://www.oscott.net
Stock and Subject Coverage: Books and journals covering all aspects of Catholic Theology, Catechesis, Biblical Studies, Religion, and Philosophy. As Oscott was designed by Pugin there are a number of books about his life and work.
Special Collections: Recusant Library - a collection of 8,000 books and pamphlets of Catholic interest dating from c1470-1840. Access by appointment only, please contact the curator on 0121 321 5069
Printed Publications: The Oscotian, College magazine.
Opening Hours: Access by appointment only. Please contact the Librarian on 0121 321 5022.
Access: Reference only by appointment for non-registered users.

 

THE QUEEN'S FOUNDATION
Library Contact: Michael Gale
Telephone Number: 0121 452 2621
E-mail: library@queens.ac.uk
Library Website: http://www.queens.ac.uk/qfnd/library.php
Library Catalogue: http://195.194.63.120/heritage/
Institution: The Queen's Foundation
Institution's Address: Somerset Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2QH
Type of Institution: Ecumenical foundation for theological education
Institution's website: http://www.queens.ac.uk
Stock and Subject Coverage: 45,000 volumes. Mainly Religion and Theology but with significant collections in the social sciences. Good coverage in the Anglican, Methodist and Reformed traditions, Black Theology, Feminist Theology and Mission Studies. Now enhanced by the addition of the stock from the former United College of the Ascension (UCA) Library.
Special Collections: 16th Century Bibles, 16th and 17th Century Biblical Commentaries, works of the Early Fathers, Luther, Calvin, and the Anglican Divines. Historical Collection of Anglican Theology 17-20th Centuries. Historical collection of Methodist history and theology, including 18th century editions of the works of John and Charles Wesley and other early Methodists. Controversial literature and anti-Methodist publications 18th-19th century.
Printed Publications: None
Opening Hours:

Open to registered members 24/7

Access: Swipe card access for registered members. Visitors should make an appointment with the librarian during normal office hours.

 

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM INFORMATION SERVICES: includes Orchard Learning Resource Centre (OLRC)
Library Contact: David Pulford
Telephone Number: 0121 415 8775
E-mail: D.Pulford@bham.ac.uk
Library Website: http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/menu/index.htm
Library Catalogue: http://findit.bham.ac.uk/
Institution: University of Birmingham
Institution's Address:

Main Site: University of Birmingham Information Services
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

OLRC: Hamilton Drive
Weoley Park Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6QW

Type of Institution: University
Institution's website: http://www.bham.ac.uk/

Stock and Subject Coverage: Main site: Bible, Buddhism, Christianity (church history, denominations and sects, ethics, liturgy, worship), Doctrinal Theology, Ethics, Feminist Theology, Gnosticism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Koran, Mariology, Mission, Mysticism, Patristics, Pastoral Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Systematic Theology

OLRC: Theology, Education, Children's Education, Social Science

Special Collections: Main: Church Missionary Society Archive. OLRC: Mingana Collection (Manuscripts), Harold Turner Collection (New Religious Movements), Robert Raikes Collection (Sunday Schools), RE Centre Materials
Printed Publications: Main: Information Services Bulletin, Research Libraries Bulletin, various subject, site and database guides. OLRC: Catalogue of Mingana Collection
Opening Hours: (Main Library, Term-time)

Monday - Friday

0830 - 2100

(For the most up-to-date information, see here. Access before or after listed hours is by valid University of Birmingham ID card or Library card only).

 

Saturday - Sunday 1000 - 1800
Opening Hours: (OLRC, Term-time)

Monday - Thursday

0830 - 2100

(For the most up-to-date information, see here).

Friday 0830 - 1900
  Saturday - Sunday 1000 - 1800
Opening Hours: (Main library, Vacations)

Monday - Friday

0830 - 1900
  Saturday 1000 - 1400
  Sunday Closed
Opening Hours: (OLRC, Vacations)

Monday - Thursday

0900 - 1900
  Saturday 1000 - 1400
  Sunday Closed
Access (Main): Registered Users Only
Access (OLRC): Reference Access. Anyone wishing to view Special Collections needs to make a prior appointment.

 

WOODBROOKE QUAKER STUDY CENTRE
Library Contact: Ian Jackson
Telephone Number: 0121 472 5171
E-mail: ian@woodbrooke.org.uk
Library Website:

http://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/pages/library.html

Library Catalogue: Not yet available
Institution: Woodbrooke College
Institution's Address: 1046 Bristol Road
Birmingham
B29 6LJ
Type of Institution: Quaker Study Centre
Institution's website: http://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/
Stock and Subject Coverage: 15, 000 items on Quakerism. 30, 000 general library items, including sections on Peace, Conflict Resolution, Gender and Sexuality Issues, Biblical Studies and Faith in Action.
Special Collections: Bevan Naish (17th and 18th century Quaker Tracts), Powicke Collection (on Richard Baxter).
Printed Publications: None
Opening Hours:Usually Tuesday - Friday 0900 - 1600
Access: By arrangement with Librarian