The Gamble Library, Union Theological College

Last updated 27 June 2018
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 David Kerry,  Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  The library principally serves the ministerial students of the Presyterian Church in Ireland and other students enrolled for degrees awarded by the Queen's University of Belfast
Terms of access Preferably by appointment 
Opening hours M-F 09.00-16.30 for visitors; extended hours are available for Union Theological College students
Disabled access Lift to library level but stairs to periodicals room. Also, some aisles between shelves are narrow
Lending to other libraries & visitors Interlibrary loans are available to other institutions. Visitors are permitted to read in the Library but do not have any borrowing rights. Union Theological College students and staff, and registered members, have borrowing rights. Membership is open to those with a serious interest in theology on the payment of a fee.
Number of volumes 63,500
Periodicals - Back Issues 530
Current Periodicals 55
Other materials Large pamphlet collections; Smaller collections of DVDs/videos and audio cassettes. over 250 Theses. E-books and databases available to students and staff, and most also available to registered members
Volumes added per year  700
Coverage All principal branches of theology are represented, with a particular emphasis on presbyterianism. The library is also strong in the field of Irish history
Special Collections F.J. Paul Collection (Church history); Magee College Pamphlets Collection; Assembly’s College Pamphlets Collection. Archives of the Overseas Board of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Manuscripts Irish presbytery and synod minutes of 17th-19th centures; Archives of the Overseas Board of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland include manuscripts
Research resource Irish and Scottish Presbyterianism; Irish church history. 
Catalogue Type Computer; Card (the latter rather inaccurate and shrinking); other lists (printed and electronic) of special collections.
URL of catalogue
Other facilities Photocopying 
Full Time Staff  2
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  Retirement of the current head librarian before the end of 2020
Anything else about the library  The largest theological library in Northern Ireland.