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Name of Library: Franciscan International Study Centre

Address: Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7NA

Town: Canterbury

Telephone: 01227 769349

Fax: 01227 786648

E-mail: library@franciscans.ac.uk

Website: http://www.franciscans.ac.uk

Alternative names

Formerly Franciscan Central Library


Robin Saunders O.F.S.

Job Title

Purpose and main user community of the library

Library of English Franciscan Provinces: supports academic and formation courses offered by the Study Centre, and provides research facilities into Franciscan subjects

Terms of access

Appointment preferred - access is only available when library staff are present. Access to manuscripts, incunabula and other early or fragile materials is limited and application should be made in advance with evidence of need and of previous experience in using these materials.

Opening hours

10am - 4pm Mon-Fri during term time. for details please check the opening hours web page.

Disabled access

Library not yet mobility-friendly: narrow aisles, high shelves. Staff are willing and able to give assistance - alert us in advance if possible, please.


Only staff and students of institutions with which reciprocal agreements are in place may borrow books - mainly this applies to Theology students and staff at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury Christ Church University and the South East Institute for Theological Education. Books may be supplied to other libraries within the Canterbury Circle of Librarians.



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Some catechetical videos

Volumes added per year



Franciscan history, theology, & spirituality; also systematics, pastoral theology, church history, patristics & scripture

Special Collections
  Early Franciscan works, including incunabula. Bishop Moorman's Index of Franciscans in England.

  Several MSS (14th-15th century) plus a necrology of Franciscan friars of the English Province who died during the suppression of the Catholic Church in England.

Research resource

For Franciscan studies

Catalogue Type

Card and Online

URL of catalogue http://www.franciscans.ac.uk/library/fisc-library-catalogue

Other facilities

Limited photocopying

Full Time Staff 0

Part Time Staff  

Voluntary Staff 7 part-time

Future plans
  Development of an electronic catalogue and library system, and a web catalogue, together with a program to digitise selected MSS, incunabula and other items, preparatory to a redevelopment of the library.


Close links with UKC Templeman Library, Canterbury Christ Church University Library and Canterbury Cathedral Library & Archives. All users are required to register, but even so external users have access only when library staff are present, so please call in advance of your visit.

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