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Name of Library: University of Birmingham Main Library

Address: Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

Town: Birmingham

Telephone: 0121 414 5817

Fax: 0121 471 4601

E-mail: library@bham.ac.uk

Website: http://www.is.bham.ac.uk

Alternative names University of Birmingham Information Services


David Pulford; Karen Jackson

Job Title

Subject Advisor

Purpose and main user community of the library

University undergraduate and research library; main users are students and staff of the university

Terms of access


Opening hours

Access to the building after 17.00 or on Sunday is by valid library or ID card only

Disabled access

Wheelchair Access (limited) Ramped entrance at side of building; Accessible toilets Parking for people with disabilities Quiet/Silent Study area



No individual lending to non-members. Research students and academics from other

institutions can apply to become borrowing members


46,000 (religious studies); Access to resources at University of Birmingham Orchard Learning Resources Centre; 2,200,000 in all subjects

Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Microfilm collections; CD-ROMs and online databases; historical and modern maps

Volumes added per year


Philosophy of religion, religion and society, classical religion and philosophy, African religions,
Christianity (history, early literature, church fathers, missions, women and the church, papacy,
Church of England, Methodism), Bibles (texts, commentaries, hermeneutics), holocaust
studies, gay and black theologies

Special Collections

Church Mission Society archives; Catholic Apostolic Church collection; archives of the YMCA; Bishop Barnes papers; Church Pastoral Aid Society archives; papers of Rev Lesley
Weatherhead; STC microfilms: English books printed 1475-1640; Wing microfilms: English
books printed 1641-1700; Eighteenth Century microfilms: English books printed in C18;
Bengeworth library; Wigan library; St. Mary's Warwick library; Jerningham papers; St. John's College Nottingham archives; Hetherington Collection of Bibles; Books of Common Prayer and metrical versions of the Psalms; various missions collections. Details of collections at http://www.special-coll.bham.ac.uk


Research resource

African religions (especially West Africa); early Christian literature and church Fathers;

pre-reformation church history; early Bible versions; missions; history of the church in Spain;

history of the church in Great Britain; Church of England government and clergy; Papacy;

Catalogue Type

Computer, card (digitised) for items acquired before 1972

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photcopying, microfilm/fiche reader-printers. No access to electronic resources except library


Full Time Staff Yes

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff


See also entry for University of Birmingham Orchard Learning Resources Centre

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