Maughan Library and ISC

Last updated 27th May 2009 
Name of library Maughan Library and ISC 
Address King’s College London, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR 
Telephone 020 7848 2424 
Fax 020 7848 2277 
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title  Graeme Lockheart, Information Specialist (Arts & Humanities)
Purpose & main user community of the library Serves staff and students of the College and outside readers, with permission. Fees charged 
Terms of access Once only consultation possible for items not readily available elsewhere. Students from universities other than the University of London or Holding a SCONUL Research Extra card only admitted during vacation periods. Outside readers wishing to make frequent use of material should apply IN WRITING to ‘ISC Membership Applications’ 
Opening hours If above conditions are satisfied, opening hours are as follows.
Term-time: M-F 08.30-22.00, Sa 09.30-17.30, Su 11.00 – 19.00; Vacation: M-F 09.30-19.00.
Opening hours can vary depending on the time of year and particularly during vacation periods. Visitors should telephone beforehand. 
Disabled access Disabled access is facilitated as far as possible within this Listed Building. Disabled access lifts, WCs, as well as several dedicated parking spaces have all been incorporated. Hearing induction loops are available at both the Counter Services Desk and the Enquiries Desk. What is more, staff are always ready to assist disabled users in accessing materials.
Lending to other libraries & visitors ILL available. Visitors who have a particular need to borrow should apply to ‘ISC Membership Applications’ IN WRITING. Fees are charged.
Number of volumes 85,000 – Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies
Periodicals – Back Issues 225 –  Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies 
Current Periodicals 150 – currently bought by Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies
Other materials Staff and Students have access to a wide range of electronic resources including databases and ejournals. All electronic resources are listed on the King’s College Library web pages. A video/DVD collection is also available but its use is principally restricted to King’s College staff and students. 
Volumes added per year  
Coverage The collection supports the undergraduate programme of teaching of BA degrees in Theology, Religious Studies, Religion in the Contemporary World, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, War Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, the Graduate Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies and the postgraduate MA programmes in Bible and Theology, Biblical Studies, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, Jewish Studies, Religion in Contemporary Society, Systematic Theology, and, Theology and Ministry. The collection also supports the Associate of King’s College programme. 
Special Collections  Box Collection: Library of Canon George Herbert Box (1869-1933), Professor of Hebrew at King’s; Judaica, the languages, literature and history of the Middle East, including many works in Hebrew, Syriac and other Middle Eastern languages; 4,900 vols. Rainbow Collection: Library of Dr. Bernarr Rainbow, Director of Music at the College of St. Mark and St. John, Chelsea; Christian and Jewish hymnals and other liturgical music; 700 vols. Rare Books Collection: Ca. 10,000 vols.; has significant holdings in the areas of Judaica, patristic texts and Christian practical theology. It includes the Marsden Collection (books from the library of William Marsden, 1754-1836), which contains a number of rare early Bibles in European, Oriental and Native American languages. Ratcliff Collection: Library of Canon Edward Craddock Ratcliff (1896-1967), Professor of Liturgical Theology at King’s; Christian liturgical works; 1,300 vols. Relton Collection: Library of Professor Herbert Maurice Relton (1882-1971), Professor of Dogmatic Theology at King’s; Christian doctrine, spiritualism and ecclesiastical history; 1,000 vols. Sion Collection: The post 1850 holdings from the former library of Sion College; doctrinal and practical theology, ecclesiastical history; 70,000 vols.
Manuscripts  The collection is one of the largest and most important theological libraries in the country. Since its foundation as a religious institution in 1829, King’s has built up strong collections in Biblical Studies; Ecclesiastical History (including liturgical studies and music); Systematic Theology; Philosophy of religion; Patristics and medieval texts; the history of the printing and publication of the Bible in Europe and beyond. Over the past 25 years much material on World Religions and the Sociology and Psychology of religions has been added.
Research resource  
Catalogue Type Available Online
URL of catalogue
Other facilities Photocopying via the purchase of a photocopying card. Word processing, CD-ROM use and online databases/ejournals accesible to King’s staff and students only.  
Full Time Staff  53
Part Time Staff  23
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
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