Crowther Library

Last updated 9th January 2009 
Name of library  Crowther Library
Address CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ 
Telephone  01865 787552
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Margarter M. Acton, Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  A research library primarily intended for the staff and mission partners of the Church Mission Society but open to all especially those engaged in research in all aspects of Christian mission
Terms of access  Just walk in, though prior warning appreciated
Opening hours  M-F 9.00-17.00
Disabled access  Yes
Lending to other libraries & visitors Via ILL. By annual subscription to anyone interested in Christian mission
Number of volumes  39,500
Periodicals – Back Issues  380
Current Periodicals  275
Other materials  Small collection of maps
Volumes added per year  390
Coverage  History and theology of missions; non-Christian religions; church history; biographies; social and economic concerns
Special Collections  Church Mission Society’s (CMS) Max Warren Collection – CMS’s pre-1945 collection comprising much C19 and early C20 material on founding and development of modern missionary movement. Reference only. Now incorporating the library and archive of the former South American Mission Society, including its Magazine 1867-present, and Reports 1863-1965 (after which they become part of the magazine).General Committee minutes from (the Society’s inception in) 1844 until 1957.,
Research resource  History and theology of mission; history of the Church Missionary Society
Catalogue Type  Computer
URL of catalogue
Other facilities  Photocopying, WWW access, microfilm/fiche reader printer
Full Time Staff  1
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library  The library was formed by bringing together the post-1945 collections of the former libraries of the Chruch Mission Society (CMS) and the United Society for the Propogation of the Gospel (USPG)