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Theological and Religious Studies Collection Directory

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Name of Library: Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at

Rhodes House

Address: South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG

Town: Oxford

Telephone: 01865 270908

Fax: 01865 270912

E-mail: rhodes.house.library@bodley.ox.ac.uk

Website: http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/rhodes

Alternative names

Formerly known as Rhodes House Library


Lucy McCann

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Academic researchers

Terms of access

Bodleian Library readers ticket required (identification and letter of recommendation)

Opening hours

Term: M-F 09.00-19.00, Sa 09.00-13.00

Vacation: M-Th 09.00-19.00, F 09.00-17.00-Sa 09.00-13.00

Disabled access

Library is on first floor with no lift; wheelchair users can be accommodated, given notice,


Books are lent to other libraries via the British Library

No lending to individuals


Stats not available

Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals


Volumes added per year


Missionary history covered in books, periodicals and manuscripts; Material relevant to theology

and religious studies forms part of much larger holdings relating to sub-Saharan Africa, the

Commonwealth and former British Colonies (separate stats not kept for each subject.

Special Collections

USPG Library and Periodicals


USPG archive papers of some individual missionaries

Research resource

Missionary history (international level)

Catalogue Type

Computer, card, handlists to manuscript collections.

URL of catalogue

Book catalogue at http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/olis. Online manuscript catalogues and collection-level descriptions at http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/online.htm.

Other facilities

Limited self-service photocopying, other copying by staff, www access

Full Time Staff 4

Part Time Staff 5

Voluntary Staff 0

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