The Gamble Library, Union Theological College

Last updated May 2019
Name of library The Gamble Library, Union Theological College
Address Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JT
Telephone 028 9020 5093 
Fax 028 9020 5099 
Alternative names Union Theological College Library 
Contact & Job Title Joy Conkey, Acting Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library The Gamble Library primarily exists to support the work of the Union Theological College, namely: preparing students to make effective and positive contributions in our society and across the world; equipping some for effective ministry within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; and facilitating the provision of research-informed teaching and innovative approaches to learning and assessment. This is achieved by supplying Union College staff, students, alumni, Presbyterian ministers, church workers, and if appropriate, the wider community, with the relevant academic, practical and historical resources, containing the timely, accurate and quality-assured information, they require. The Library facilitates the teaching, learning, research, personal and professional development of its members through the organisation, management and development of suitable collections, in any appropriate media, access to worldwide information sources and information literacy instruction.
Terms of access The Gamble Library’s main user community are the staff and students of Union Theological College. The Library also serves its paying members which include: Ministers, Deaconesses, Accredited Preachers and Auxiliary Ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and other members of the public.
Opening hours Public opening hours: 09:00-16:30, Monday to Friday. Extended hours are available to staff and students of Union Theological College
Disabled access There is a lift from the ground floor to the Library on the first floor. A short flight of stairs is the only way to enter the periodicals room.
Lending to other libraries & visitors Interlibrary loans are available to other institutions by request. Visitors are permitted to read in the Library but have no borrowing rights. Membership is open to members of the public on the payment of a membership fee.
Number of volumes 65,000
Periodicals – Back Issues 530
Current Periodicals 57
Other materials eBooks and electronic journals databases are available to staff, students and most registered members. Pamphlet collections. Hardcopy theses. Some DVDs, CDs and CDROMS.
Volumes added per year  700
Coverage All main branches of theology with a particular emphasis on Presbyterianism. The Library also holds a significant Irish history collection.
Special Collections Rare books over 1,000 of which are listed on the English Short Title Catalogue. Magee and Assembly’s College Pamphlet Collections. Presbyterian Mission Archive. F.J. Paul Collection.
Manuscripts Various presbytery, synod and committee minutes from 18th– 20th centuries. The Presbyterian Mission Archive includes manuscripts.
Research resource Presbyterianism, especially Irish. Irish Church history. C. S. Lewis. Karl Barth. Jonathan Edwards.
Catalogue Type Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). Some older uncatalogued materials are listed on card catalogues or printed lists. Some special collections are listed on an electronic inventory.
URL of catalogue
Other facilities Printing and photocopying. Students and alumni have access to the computer suite in the periodicals room.
Full Time Staff  2
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above The ending of the relationship between Union Theological College and Queen’s University.
Anything else about the library The Gamble Library is the largest theological Library in Northern Ireland. It housed the Parliament of Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1932, prior to the construction of Stormont.