Belben Library

Last updated 6th January 2020
Name of library Belben Library
Address  Belben Library, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 3XG
Telephone  01246 584217
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Sarah Beard, Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library Cliff College’s purpose is to resource the students that attend validated courses. Our main users are students studying for validated Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees in mission, ministry and theology. However, we do have several external readers who find our library helpful for their ministry.
Terms of access Anyone can browse the library, but only students of the college and those registered as external readers have borrowing rights.
Opening hours Mon-Thur: 10.00-16.00, Fri: 10.00-14.00
Disabled access  Yes
Lending to other libraries & visitors Visitors are welcome to use our library for reference but must become an external reader to able to have borrowing rights. This is £25 per year.
Number of volumes 33,000 in the main library, 41,000 including other collections across the Cliff College site.
Periodicals – Back Issues  100
Current Periodicals  
Other materials  Extant manuscripts, mainly pertaining to mission history
Volumes added per year  500
  • Children, youth and family ministry
  • Wesleyan theology and spirituality
  • Women in the Bible
  • Evangelism
  • Christian leadership
  • Pentecostal and charismatic studies
  • Christian spirituality
  • Missiology
Special Collections  Cliff College Archives and British Wesleyan Holiness and Evangelical tradition
Manuscripts  Primary texts relating to Cliff College, and some relating to the Methodist Missionary Movement and one or two pertaining to John Wesley’s own collection
Research resource  Anyone wishing to seek out primary material relating to the Wesleyan Missionary Society, various branches of non-Wesleyan Methodism, the Joyful News Association and the concatenated parts that contributed to what has become Cliff College, and various other papers relating to the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition.
Catalogue Type Heritage
URL of catalogue
Other facilities  Photocopying
Full Time Staff  Librarian
Part Time Staff none
Voluntary Staff none
Changes in next five years affecting the above Cliff College’s website is due to be updated soon, including the Belben Library page
Anything else about the library The library uses the Dewey Decimal System and Heritage computer software and is a member of the Theological Heritage User Group