The Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL) was formed to support librarians and others who work in, or are associated with, libraries with collections of theological, religious or philosophical materials. This homepage provides information about the organisation, together with membership details, notice of meetings, and details of publications. ABTAPL holds meetings twice a year, and publishes a thrice yearly Bulletin, a Guide to the Theological and Religious Studies Collections of Great Britain and Ireland, and the ABTAPL Union List of Periodicals. The website also provides information about the Association's discussion list which is open to all.
This is the main Web page of Emmanuel College Library, one of two libraries at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other Library, the E. J. Pratt Library, has a broader remit. Emmanuel College is essentially a theological College within a church-related College (Victoria University) at the University of Toronto; it concentrates on the United Church of Canada. Collections reflect this focus on both the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches. They include; books; journals; pamphlets; electronic and audio visual materials in Theology and Religion. The Library also possesses resources on: the Bible; the History of Christianity; Worship; Pastoral Studies; Preaching; Christian Education; Church Music; and Christian Ethics. The site claims its documents will aid students in Theology; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and English Literature. The site has its own links page and refers users to relevant special collections on the following individuals and topics in the E. J. Pratt Library: Reuben Butchart; John Webster Grant; Ernest G. Clarke; Peter Jones; James Evans; A.H. Reynar; Erasmus; Wesleyana; and Northrop Frye. New titles recently acquired by the library are listed with full bibliographical information.
This website describes the special collections held at the John Rylands University Library, part of the University of Manchester. A collection of international importance, the library includes rare works such as Sumerian clay cuniform tablets, the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, a copy of the Gutenburg bible as well as the personal papers of significant historical figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and John Wesley, and archives relating to non-conformist churches, trade union and labour history, and the archive of the Manchester Guardian. Collections are listed alphabetically, and are also searchable through the university’s main library catalogue and various other electronic finding aids.
This is the website for Liverpool Hope University Library Special Collections. Reflecting the institutions origins these are largely theological, and are briefly described. They include material relating to Christianity in Africa and Asia, material relating to Catholicism from the former St Joseph’s College, Upholland and the personal papers of Archbishop Stuart Blanch. Details of the Blanch collection are available to download and contact information is provided for queries about the material.
This website documents the special collections and archives held at Oxford Brookes University. Individual collections are described, and items in them may be searched for through the library’s online catalogue. The collection reflects the history of the institutions, together with its strengths in research, and is notably strong in material relating to the history of medicine, cartography, twentieth century literature and the food, drink and hospitality industry. Collections are supplemented by a number of important archives, including the National Brewing Library, the Museum of Modern Art Oxford collection (now Modern Art Oxford) and Man Booker Prize archive.
This website provides details of the rare books, manuscripts, maps and other special collections held at Queen's University Library in Belfast. Collections relate particularly to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, although some material dates back to the twelfth century. Particularly strong areas of coverage include Ulster and Ireland, History, Politics, Economics, Theology, Philosophy, and Language and Literature, with extensive collections of personal papers (including many of literary significance). All books are listed on the university library catalogue which can be searched from this website, whilst archives and other collections are inventoried separately on the site. Of particular note is an image gallery, drawn from the ongoing digitisation of various collections, including glass slides, photographs and manuscripts.
The website of the Ryan Memorial Library at St Charles Borromeo Seminary provides information on the library of the official seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The library holds over 134,000 volumes, and is rich in resources in theology and religious studies, with particular strengths in the areas of: philosophy; patristics; systematic and moral theology; and scripture. The catalogue can be searched online. The library also houses a number of special collections, including rare books; Catholic devotional literature; liturgical books; catechisms; holy cards; and almost 1500 video recordings. The online listing of the last may be a useful resource for those wishing to discover what audiovisual resources are available in this area.
This website describes the extensive special collections deposited at the University of Birmingham’s library. Collected over 120 years, there are over 80,000 pre 1850 books (the oldest dating from 1471) and 3 million manuscripts. Important individual highlights include: Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis (1543); the Complete Works (1616) of Ben Jonson, two copies of The Temple of Flora (1799-1807) by Robert Thornton. There are comprehensive collections of Joseph Priestley and D H Lawrence and a major Dickens collection; publications from John Baskerville, the Kelmscott Press, the Birmingham School of Printing, and the Giambattista Bodoni; political papers (including the papers of Joseph, Austen and Neville Chamberlain); religious material (including the collections of the former Selly Oak Colleges) from Bibles and New Testaments (including an Erasmus first edition of 1516) through early books on devotional and recusant matters and significant parish libraries from the 16th century; women’s papers; literary papers; public administration and items of local interest (such as the papers of the Cadbury family). Material is searchable online through the detailed archives catalogue. As well as outlining the collections in some detail, the website also has an interesting selection of online exhibitions of important holdings ranging from (digitised) rubbings of medieval church brasses, through excerpts from the first edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary to images from fore-edge painting. The library also employs two paper conservators, and information is provided about their work.
The website 'University of Bristol Special Collections' describes the special collections held by the University of Bristol Library. Covering a wide range of subjects the collections derive from a wide range of subject-specific personal and institutional libraries donated to the university. Particular strengths are in the history of architecture, non-conformist Christian movements, science and medicine as well as rare books, political pamphlets and social history. Other collections include various family archives, often related to the history of Bristol and the nationally important collection of material relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The site informs about catalogues and archives and gives guidance regarding library policy and practical things to know for users.
Thewebsite 'University of Edinburgh Library Special Collections' describes the special collections held by the library of the University of Edinburgh. Objects tend to reflect the university’s own strengths, with manuscripts and papers papers of major Scottish Enlightenment figures, architectural drawings, papers of scientists from the 17th-20th centuries, along side other collections relating to the history of medicine and science, Scottish literature, Gaelic and Celtic studies, music, theology and Middle Eastern studies. The website includes information about the university’s theses collection and collections of images and photographs. Some image collections these are available online. The website also includes details of research projects related to the special collections.
This website describes the special collections and archives held at the University of Leicester Library. There is a particular strength in holdings related to Leicester, from personal papers of local literary figures Sue Townsend and Joe Orton to archives relating to the history of science and medicine in the area. The collection is more wide ranging than this however, encompassing labour history, European history, 12th-20th century manuscripts, 17th century prints, incunabula and early children's books. As well as briefly describing the contents of each named collection, the website includes access information.
This website documents the extensive library special collections of the University of Stirling. The collections are particularly strong in their coverage of Scottish literature, with personal archives from poets, including James Hogg and Norman MacCaig, alongside material related to figures such as Walter Scott and Helen B. Cruickshank. Two of the most important collections that are held at the University are the Lindsay Anderson Archive (personal and working papers, diaries, photographs, memorabilia and his personal library) and the John Grierson Archive (papers, photographs and other material). There is also coverage of politics, from radical left-wing literature, to documents and pictures relating to Napoleon Bonaparte. Other collections relate to scholars at the University and rare books and manuscripts. The website details the content of each collection, with information about searching and accessing material.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
This website describes the archives and heritage collections held at the University of Durham, two of which are designated as outstanding by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Collections include substantial archives of family, manorial, ecclesiastical, legal, scientific and historical papers as well as literary manuscripts, maps and plans, and early and rare books. Of particular note are Bishop Cosin's Library, and Bamburgh Castle Library, the former a library founded in 1669, and still housed in its original building, the latter, originally collected by the Sharpe family at Bamburgh Castle. Each contain rare books and manuscripts (and are the two MLA designated collections) incunabula, medieval and post-medieval manuscripts as well as 16th century theological works, and works relating to law, travel and literature. These two collections are supplemented by a range of other former libraries, drawn from the North East and containing a rich array of rare books, pamphlets and manuscripts. As well as these extensive paper holdings the collections include audio of poets reading their own work, archives relating to poet Basil Bunting, archives relating to the Sudan, and its British colonial heritage, Medieval coins minted by the Bishops of Durham, photography collections (particularly of churches and Durham and the North East) tithe and inclosure maps, as well as substantial local studies collections. The website provides a number of finding aids to locate items within the collections as well as details on accessing them.
This website provides a detailed introduction to the library special collections, archives, museums and digital resources held at the University of Aberdeen. These collections have a distinctly Scottish flavour, although their quality is said to be of international significance, and range from the archives of the University’s own five centuries of history, through family and estate records, to items associated with the history of science and medicine, Jacobitism and the Enlightenment. These records can be searched via the library catalogue. The website also acts as a portal to the University’s eight museums, all leaders in their field, ranging from ethnography to zoology. The website also details the various digitisation projects which have taken place, a set of useful resources derived from key collections. Of particular note is the archive of "Collection Highlights" which showcase particular collections or achives as well illustrated online exhibitions.
This website describes the special collections and archives held by the University of Bradford Library. Built around the University’s research interests, the collections cover areqa including: archaeology; local history; history of science and medicine; literature (notably the JB Priestley Archive); religion and peace studies. As well as describing each collection in some detail, the website also explains how to find and access material.