Chetham’s Library

Last updated 25th March 2009 
Name of library  Chetham’s Library
Address  Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
Telephone  0161 8334 7961
Fax  0161 839 5797
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Contact & Job Title Michael Powell,  Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  Historic public library open to all
Terms of access  Access by appointment. Visitors can just walk in
Opening hours  M-F 09.00-12.30, 13.30-16.30
Disabled access  Limited access. Main library is up a flight of stairs
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. Exhibitions only
Number of volumes  100,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  400
Current Periodicals  60
Other materials  600 linear metres of mss and archives; 400 maps
Volumes added per year  400
Coverage  Collection of early printed books of Christian theology mostly pre-1850 with wide coverage of biblical studies, church history, patristics, liturgics and theological studies. Substantial holdings of C16 & 17 continental books with an attempt to provide a comprehensive coverage of Christian thought, with Roman Catholic writings standing alongside Lutheran works and Presbyterian texts. Substantial collection of classical and early modern philosophy
Special Collections  Large holdings of books printed before 1800, of which theology is the largest single subject. Library of John Byrom (1690-1763), shorthand writer, poet and author of the carol Christians Awake (c. 2,500 volumes, esp. rich in tracts and sermons); chained library of Gorton parish, founded by Humphrey Chetham in 1653 (50 vols.); tracts produced for and against popery in and about the reign of James II (c. 1,700 vols.)
Manuscripts  c. 40 medieval mss; papers of John Huntingdon, first warden of Manchester Collegiate Church; prayers and meditations of John Bradford (1510-1555) protestant reformer; collection of C17 commonplace books, sermons and diaries; Manchester Diocesan Buildings Company papers; papers of James Fraser, 2nd bishop of Manchester
Research resource  Large holdings of printed and archival material relating to the Christian church in the North West of England, and major repository for pre-1800 printed books.
Catalogue Type  Computer, card, printed catalogues
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Full Time Staff  5
Part Time Staff  3
Voluntary Staff  
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