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Name of Library: Crowther Library

Address: CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ

Town: Oxford

Telephone: 01865 787552


E-mail: Margaret.Acton@cms-uk.org 

Website: http://www.cms-uk.org/Resources/CrowtherCentre/Library/tabid/216/Default.aspx

Alternative names


Margarter M Acton

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

A research library primarily intended for the staff and mission partners of the Church Mission Society but open to all especially those engaged in research in all aspects of Christian mission

Terms of access

Just walk in, though prior warning appreciated

Opening hours

M-F 9.00-17.00

Disabled access




By annual subscription to anyone interested in Christian mission



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Small collection of maps

Volumes added per year



History and theology of missions; non-Christian religions; church history; biographies; social

and economic concerns

Special Collections

Church Mission Society's (CMS) Max Warren Collection - CMS's pre-1945 collection comprising much C19 and early C20 material on founding and development of modern missionary movement. Reference only

Now incorporating the library and archive of the former South American Mission Society, including its Magazine 1867-present, and Reports 1863-1965 (after which they become part of the magazine).General Committee minutes from (the Society's inception in) 1844 until 1957.

Research resource

History and theology of mission; history of the Church Missionary Society



URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying, WWW access, microfilm/fiche reader printer

Full Time Staff 1

Part TimeStaff

Voluntary Staff


The library was formed by bringing together the post-1945 collections of the former libraries of the Chruch Mission Society (CMS) and the United Society for the Propogation of the Gospel (USPG)

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