Harris Manchester College Library

Last updated 12th January 2009 
Name of library Harris Manchester College Library 
Address  Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD
Telephone 01865 281472 
Fax 01865 271012 
E-mail librarian@hmc.ox.ac.uk 
Website http://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk 
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Sue Killoran,  Fellow Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library Undergraduate, graduate and visiting academics 
Terms of access By appointment please via email, telephone or letter. A letter of recommendation is useful but for identification purposes a driving licence or passport is helpful. 
Opening hours M-F 09.00-13.00, 14.00-16.30. 
Disabled access There are 2 flights of stairs into the Library reading room but the significant theological and research collections are held on the ground floor and there is a research area attached to that which is available to visitors. 
Lending to other libraries & visitors We are happy to lend to readers but prefer to use the BL Inter-Library Lending scheme if you are not attached to another University. Most of our resources can be seen on-line via the Oxford University catalogue. There are some parts of the collection that are not catalogued yet so do please enquire about specific titles you are seeking. 
Number of volumes 50,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues  130+
Current Periodicals  48
Other materials  Mss. collection. 5 microfilms.
Volumes added per year 500 
Coverage Dissenting history, Unitarianism and to fulfill the reading requirements of the University of Oxford for our Undergraduate students. 
Special Collections Carpenter Library which is a collection of titles on comparative religion. Collection of works by and about dissenters and the dissenting history in Great Britain.
Manuscripts History of the College. Significant Unitarians (such as James Martineau) C17-C20
Research resource Dissenting history. Unitarianism. 
Catalogue Type Computer, Card, Catalogue of the mss. of Harris Manchester College by Denis Porter, Oxford; Handlist of tracts. 
URL of catalogue It is part of the co-operative catalogue of the University and can be accessed at http://solo.ouls.ox.ac.uk 
Other facilities Photocopying, Internet access, use of laptop computers via ethernet points in the library. 
Full Time Staff  1
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above We are in the process of retrospectively cataloguing the entire book collection. We are bidding for funding for an antiquarian cataloguer to catalogue our extensive tract collection. A Library Gallery is being constructed to create more reading space and this should be completed early in 2009. We are taking part in the Dissenting Academies project which is being spearheaded by Dr Williams’s Library and Queens College, University of London.

We have recently launched a website of Unitarian Obituaries which might be of use to Colleagues as well as researchers. It is available at http://www.unitarianobituaries.org.uk 

Anything else about the library  Not all the collection is catalogued into the electronic catalogue so do enquire about titles you do not find on the catalogue.