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Name of Library: New Room Library

Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

Town: Bristol

Telephone: 0117 926 4740


E-mail: info@newroombristol.org.uk

Website: http://www.newroombristol.org.uk

Alternative names

John Wesley's Chapel Bristol


David Worthington

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Information on Methodist history and biography

Terms of access

Access to the library by appointment.

Opening hours

M-Sa 10.00-16.00. Closed on some public holidays.

Disabled access

Narrow steep stairs - no lift.


As matter of last or only resource; C18 material (on ESTC) excluded.

Personal lending on recommendation of Warden or Hon Librarian.


4,400 (books and pamphlets)

Periodicals - Back Issues

42 (complete and incomplete)

Current Periodicals


  Letters, Journals and Notebooks (1200 items). Portraits of Methodist ministers, mainly from Wesleyan journals (ca 1250 items). Postcards (mostly connected with the chapel).

Volumes added per year


  Methodist History and biography.

Special Collections

Watkinson collection of Methodist portraits, especially presidents of the Methodists Conference from John Wesley onwards.


Research resource

Bristol Methodism (in conjunction with Wesley College Library, Bristol).

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue

Other facilities

Photocopying at 10p per sheet.

Full Time Staff

Part Time Staff  

Voluntary Staff 1

Future plans

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