Orchard Learning Resources Centre

Last updated 3rd June 2009 
Name of library Orchard Learning Resources Centre 
Address University of Birmingham,  Hamilton Drive, Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6QW
Telephone 0121 471 4601 
E-mail library@bham.ac.uk 
Website http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/ls/libraries/olrc/collections.shtml 
Alternative names  University of Birmingham Information Services
Contact & Job Title  David Pulford; Karen Jackson, Subject Advisor
Purpose & main user community of the library  University undergraduate and research library; main users are students and staff of the university
Terms of access  http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/ls/borrowing/borrowing.shtml
Opening hours  http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/open/
Disabled access  Automatic doors; Wheelchair Access; Accessible toilets; Parking for people with disabilities; Quiet/Silent Study area
Lending to other libraries & visitors ILL via BLDSC. No individual lending to non-members. Research students and academics from other
institutions can apply to become borrowing members 
Number of volumes  46,000 (religious studies); Access to resources at University of Birmingham Main Library
Periodicals – Back Issues  260
Current Periodicals  80
Other materials Microfilm collections; CD-ROMs and online databases 
Volumes added per year  
Coverage  Philosophy of religion, religion and society, classical religion and philosophy, African religions, Christianity (history, early literature, church fathers, missions, women and the church, papacy, Church of England, Methodism), Bibles (texts, commentaries, hermeneutics), holocaust studies, gay and black theologies New Religious Movements
Special Collections The Harold Turner Collection of over 26,000 documents on the subjects of African Initiated Churches and analogous movements in other continents, particularly in Third World contexts. Access to the collection is restricted and by prior arrangement only. Details of collections at http://www.special-coll.bham.ac.uk 
Manuscripts  The Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts: The largest collection of illuminated Middle Eastern manuscripts, after the Vatican and the Bibliothèque Nationale in France 
Research resource New Religious Movements ; African religions (especially West Africa); early Christian literature and church Fathers; pre-reformation church history; early Bible versions; missions; history of the church in Spain; history of the church in Great Britain; Church of England government and clergy; Papacy 
Catalogue Type  Computer, card (digitised) for items acquired before 1972
URL of catalogue  http://library.bham.ac.uk
Other facilities  hotcopying, microfilm/fiche reader-printers. No access to electronic resources except library catalogue
Full Time Staff  7
Part Time Staff  9
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above Online Catalogue entries for Harold Turner Collection
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