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Name of Library: Sheppard-Worlock Library

Address: Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD

Town: Liverpool

Telephone: 0151 291 2000





Alternative names Liverpool Hope University Archives and Special Collections


Karen Backhouse, special Collections Librarian
Angle Duckworth, Faculty Librarian for the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Purpose and main user community of the library
  University Library - undergraduates, postgraduates PhD students and external researchers.

Terms of access
  Details on access including a reference user application form can be found on library webpages
http://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/libraryandlearningspaces/accessforexternal users/

Opening hours
  Opening hours vary throughout the year, please see webpages for details. Non-members can use the library during full service and access-only periods.
Access to Special Collections is by appointment only, opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 to 4.30 [term time].

Disabled access
  Access into building by sliding doors, lift to upper floor, accessible toilets on the ground floor.

Inter library loans
  Inter-library loan service excluding Special Collections. SCONUL Research Extra card.
  Lending to non members
  Local clergy and practising teachers can apply for borrowing rights as can local residents. Details on access for external users including a reference user application form can be found on the library webpages.
http://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/libraryandlearningspaces/accessforexternal users/

  Main collection - 300,000 [inc. non-book]
22,000 (Theology and Religious Studies)

Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals
  [Unable to determine number of Theology and Religious Studies journals as not distinct from other titles]


Volumes added per year
  Departmental book budgets are allocated at the beginning of each academic year.

  General undergraduate and postgraduate collection in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Special Collections

Radcliffe Collection
Liverpool Cathedral. Primarily a ‘liturgical library’ to document the changes in the liturgy during the Stuart and Tudor period, both Roman Catholic and Anglican. From medieval manuscripts to incunabula (books printed before 1501) and a large collection of early printed books, including, 16th and 17th century bibles and early commentaries, hymn books and ecclesiastical music. The collection also contains 20th century books of general theological interest.
Gradwell Collection from St Joseph's College at Upholland. Prof Andrew F Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity.
Gradwell Collection
St Joseph's College, Upholland, Archdiocese of Liverpool. The collection contains books covering the following subjects: theology, philosophy, church, secular and local history, ecclesiastical history, art, architecture, sociology, and education. It is particularly strong in Catholic studies with standard works of Catholic reference and extensive runs of Catholic periodicals and journals. A substantial quantity of primary recusant material from the 17th and 18th centuries including, devotional works, sermons, tracts, pamphlets, and biblical studies and 16th century editions of the Fathers in Greek and Latin. The collection also houses a section devoted to the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) including Newman's own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman.
Microfilm collection
Cardinal John Henry Newman Archive: The diaries, letters and miscellaneous documents from the Cardinal Newman archive held at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Birmingham.
Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity
This collection offers resources across a range of mission studies, its principal focus being Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Missions from the West have had a part in the African and Asian Christian story, and this collection has substantial holdings on the history of mission and missionary activity in other parts of the world, as well as on mission theology and practice, other faiths, and the history of religions. The collection also includes many volumes on the historical, political, economic, social and religious background and context of African and Asian Christianity. The collection contains books, pamphlets, journals, magazines and other material about relevant organisations and churches including reports, newsletters, brochures and other grey literature.
Microfilm/fiche collection
Church Missionary Society Archive (microfilm)
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society Archive (mainly covering West Africa) (microfiche)
Talbot Library - future addition to collections
The Talbot Library from the Archdiocese of Lancaster is to be deposited at Liverpool Hope University in due course.

  In the Radcliffe Collection
A variety of medieval and renaissance manuscripts including 15th century books of hours, breviaries, pre-Reformation Missals, and 10th and 11th century fragments.
In the Gradwell Collection
A 17th century illuminated manuscript of the works of Augustine (meditations and soliloquies) and the treatises of Richard the Hermit of Hampole and two manuscripts from the Hornby Roman Catholic Church through Bishop Foley.

Research resource
  Primary source material of use to all levels of research.
Finding aids can be found on the Special Collections webpages http://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/libraryandlearningspaces/hopecollections/specialcollections/

Catalogue Type

URL of catalogue

Other facilities
  Microfiche / film reader
Photocopying (at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian)

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