Parish of Boston Library

Last updated 10th October 2008 
Name of library Parish of Boston Library 
Address St. Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6NP 
Telephone 01205 354670 (parish office) 
Alternative names The Boston Stump; The Stump 
Contact & Job Title Mr Ernie Napier, Member library committee 
Purpose & main user community of the library General theological collection for the use of parish clergy, established 1634 
Terms of access By appointment only. Tel. 01205 362859 
Opening hours Church is open M-Sa 09.00-16.30 
Disabled access  None. Steep narrow spiral staircase
Lending to other libraries & visitors No ILL at present. Not a lending library. 
Number of volumes 1870 (1689 titles) 
Periodicals – Back Issues  
Current Periodicals Parish magazines only 
Other materials Small archive of material including photographs, service sheets etc. relating to the parish church and C19 Boston and area.  
Volumes added per year  Occasional gifts only
Coverage Range of theological works published in C17 
Special Collections Material relating to John Cotton, Vicar of Boston 1612-1633; John Foxe martyrologist 
Manuscripts C12 copy of Augustine’s commentary on Genesis 
Research resource C17 church history and theology, especially Puritan studies 
Catalogue Type Computer and card, mss lists 
URL of catalogue  
Other facilities  Photocopying of suitable material
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff Yes 
Voluntary Staff Library project committee (5) with volunteers 
Changes in next five years affecting the above  The Library Project Committee has an on-going conservation programme and will also be reviewing access and facilities for bona fide research students
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