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Name of Library: Harris Manchester College Library

Address: Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD.

Town: Oxford

Telephone: 01865 281472

Fax: 01865 271012

E-mail: librarian@hmc.ox.ac.uk

Website: http://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk

Alternative names


Sue Killoran

Job Title

Fellow Librarian

Purpose and main user community of the library

Undergraduate, graduate and visiting academics

Terms of access

By appointment please via email, telephone or letter. A letter of recommendation is useful but for identification purposes a driving licence or passport is helpful.

Opening hours

M-F 09.00-13.00, 14.00-16.30.

Disabled access

There are 2 flights of stairs into the Library reading room but the significant theological and research collections are held on the ground floor and there is a research area attached to that which is available to visitors.


We are happy to lend to readers but prefer to use the BL Inter-Library Lending scheme if you are not attached to another University. Most of our resources can be seen on-line via the Oxford University catalogue. There are some parts of the collection that are not catalogued yet so do please enquire about specific titles you are seeking.



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Mss. collection. 5 microfilms.

Volumes added per year



Dissenting history, Unitarianism and to fulfill the reading requirements of the University of Oxford for our Undergraduate students.

Special Collections

Carpenter Library which is a collection of titles on comparative religion. Collection of works by

and about dissenters and the dissenting history in Great Britain.


History of the College. Significant Unitarians (such as James Martineau) C17-C20

Research resource

Dissenting history. Unitarianism.

Catalogue Type

Computer, Card, Catalogue of the mss. of Harris Manchester College by Denis Porter, Oxford;

Handlist of tracts.

URL of catalogue

It is part of the co-operative catalogue of the University and can be accessed at http://solo.ouls.ox.ac.uk

Other facilities

Photocopying, Internet access, use of laptop computers via ethernet points in the library.

Full Time Staff 1

Part Time Staff 1

Voluntary Staff None

Future plans

We are in the process of retrospectively cataloguing the entire book collection. We are bidding for funding for an antiquarian cataloguer to catalogue our extensive tract collection. A Library Gallery is being constructed to create more reading space and this should be completed early in 2009. We are taking part in the Dissenting Academies project which is being spearheaded by Dr Williams’s Library and Queens College, University of London.

We have recently launched a website of Unitarian Obituaries which might be of use to Colleagues as well as researchers. It is available at http://www.unitarianobituaries.org.uk


Not all the collection is catalogued into the electronic catalogue so do enquire about titles you

do not find on the catalogue.

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