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Theological and Religious Studies Collection Directory

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Name of Library: Edinburgh University Library

Address: New College Library, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

Town: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 650 8957

Fax: 0131 650 7952 (marked FAO Library)

E-mail: New.College.Library@ed.ac.uk

Website: http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk

Alternative names

New College Library


New College Librarian

Job Title

Purpose and main user community of the library

Serves students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, and members of the public

Terms of access

Just walk in, but see website for consultation fees etc.

Opening hours

See website

Disabled access

Apply at Servitors' Lodge for direction to lift access to Library; access to stackrooms may be



Participates in ILL schemes

Annual subscription available


ca. 250,000

Periodicals - Back Issues

ca. 1,665 sets

Current Periodicals

ca. 250


MSS collections. Access to electronic resources for Edinburgh University users

Volumes added per year



Strong antiquarian theological collections, and collections on non-Christian religions. New

College Library covers all aspects of the study of the Christian religion, and religious studies.

In addition Edinburgh University Library in George Square also contains relevant material

Special Collections

In New College Library:

Dumfries' Presbytery Library

James Thin Hymnology collection

John Paterson Bible collection

Longforgan Free Church Ministers' Library

Plato E Shaw collection (Catholic Apostolic church)

Historical pamphlets 16th c. onwards

In Edinburgh University Library:

Clement Litil Bequest

James Nairn Bequest

Cathcart White Bequest


Among others, papers of Thomas Chalmers, John Baillie

Research resource

Biblical studies, patristics, missions, liturgy, hymnology, ecumenism, general church history

(particularly Reformed), Scottish church history, non-Christian religions.

Catalogue Type

Computer, sheaf, guardbook

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying; other reprographic services available from Special Collections Collections Dept, George

Square, see website for details: http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resources/collections/specdivision/

Full Time Staff 3

Part Time Staff 4

Voluntary Staff

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