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Name of Library: St. Mary's Abbey Library

Address: St. Mary's Abbey, Colwich, Stafford, ST18 0UF.

Town: Stafford

Telephone: 01889-881 282




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Purpose and main user community of the library

Nuns of the Community are the sole users, for spiritual reading, religious formation.

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The library is part of the enclosure of an enclosed community. It is extremely rarely that

non-members may borrow, and then only by special permission of the Abbess.



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Scripture study, Spirituality, Monasticism, especially Benedictine, Mysticism, Church history,

Lives of saints, Liturgy.

Special Collections

A collection of ca. 2,000 "Old and Precious Books", of which 300 are registered at the Bodleian

(see entry 288), Cassiodorus on the Psalms (1491) being the oldest. Mainly C17. A small

collection of works written and donated by Fr. Robert Eaton (Oratorian).


71 Baker mss. copied by nuns in the early days of the foundation (1651).

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