St. Mary’s Abbey Library

Last updated 11th February 2005 
Name of library St. Mary’s Abbey Library 
Address St. Mary’s Abbey, Colwich, Stafford, ST18 0UF. 
Telephone 01889 881 282 
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Purpose & main user community of the library Nuns of the Community are the sole users, for spiritual reading, religious formation. 
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Lending to other libraries & visitors The library is part of the enclosure of an enclosed community. It is extremely rarely that non-members may borrow, and then only by special permission of the Abbess. 
Number of volumes  14,000
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Current Periodicals  12
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Volumes added per year  40
Coverage Scripture study, Spirituality, Monasticism, especially Benedictine, Mysticism, Church history, Lives of saints, Liturgy. 
Special Collections A collection of ca. 2,000 “Old and Precious Books”, of which 300 are registered at the Bodleian (see entry 288), Cassiodorus on the Psalms (1491) being the oldest. Mainly C17. A small collection of works written and donated by Fr. Robert Eaton (Oratorian). 
Manuscripts 71 Baker mss. copied by nuns in the early days of the foundation (1651). 
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Full Time Staff  1
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