Sheppard-Worlock Library

Last updated 21st August 2014 
Name of library  Sheppard-Worlock Library
Address Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD 
Telephone  0151 291 2000

Alternative names Liverpool Hope University Archives and Special Collections 
Contact & Job Title  Karen Backhouse, special Collections Librarian
Angle Duckworth, Faculty Librarian for the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Purpose & main user community of the library University Library – undergraduates, postgraduates PhD students and external researchers. 
Terms of access Details on access including a reference user application form can be found on library webpages users/ 
Opening hours Opening hours vary throughout the year, please see webpages for details. Non-members can use the library during full service and access-only periods.
Access to Special Collections is by appointment only, opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 to 4.30 [term time]. 
Disabled access  Access into building by sliding doors, lift to upper floor, accessible toilets on the ground floor.
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Inter-library loan service excluding Special Collections. SCONUL Research Extra card.
Lending to non members. Local clergy and practising teachers can apply for borrowing rights as can local residents. Details on access for external users including a reference user application form can be found on the library webpages. users/
Number of volumes Main collection – 300,000 [inc. non-book]
22,000 (Theology and Religious Studies) 
Periodicals – Back Issues [Unable to determine number of Theology and Religious Studies journals as not distinct from other titles] 
Current Periodicals  
Other materials  
Volumes added per year Departmental book budgets are allocated at the beginning of each academic year. 
Coverage  General undergraduate and postgraduate collection in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Special Collections Radcliffe Collection
Liverpool Cathedral. Primarily a ‘liturgical library’ to document the changes in the liturgy during the Stuart and Tudor period, both Roman Catholic and Anglican. From medieval manuscripts to incunabula (books printed before 1501) and a large collection of early printed books, including, 16th and 17th century bibles and early commentaries, hymn books and ecclesiastical music. The collection also contains 20th century books of general theological interest.
Gradwell Collection from St Joseph’s College at Upholland. Prof Andrew F Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity.
Gradwell Collection
St Joseph’s College, Upholland, Archdiocese of Liverpool. The collection contains books covering the following subjects: theology, philosophy, church, secular and local history, ecclesiastical history, art, architecture, sociology, and education. It is particularly strong in Catholic studies with standard works of Catholic reference and extensive runs of Catholic periodicals and journals. A substantial quantity of primary recusant material from the 17th and 18th centuries including, devotional works, sermons, tracts, pamphlets, and biblical studies and 16th century editions of the Fathers in Greek and Latin. The collection also houses a section devoted to the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) including Newman’s own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman.
Microfilm collection
Cardinal John Henry Newman Archive: The diaries, letters and miscellaneous documents from the Cardinal Newman archive held at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Birmingham.
Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity
This collection offers resources across a range of mission studies, its principal focus being Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Missions from the West have had a part in the African and Asian Christian story, and this collection has substantial holdings on the history of mission and missionary activity in other parts of the world, as well as on mission theology and practice, other faiths, and the history of religions. The collection also includes many volumes on the historical, political, economic, social and religious background and context of African and Asian Christianity. The collection contains books, pamphlets, journals, magazines and other material about relevant organisations and churches including reports, newsletters, brochures and other grey literature.
Microfilm/fiche collection
Church Missionary Society Archive (microfilm)
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society Archive (mainly covering West Africa) (microfiche)
Talbot Library – future addition to collections
The Talbot Library from the Archdiocese of Lancaster is to be deposited at Liverpool Hope University in due course. 
Manuscripts In the Radcliffe Collection
A variety of medieval and renaissance manuscripts including 15th century books of hours, breviaries, pre-Reformation Missals, and 10th and 11th century fragments. In the Gradwell Collection, a 17th century illuminated manuscript of the works of Augustine (meditations and soliloquies) and the treatises of Richard the Hermit of Hampole and two manuscripts from the Hornby Roman Catholic Church through Bishop Foley. 
Research resource  Primary source material of use to all levels of research. Finding aids can be found on the Special Collections webpages
Catalogue Type  Computer
URL of catalogue 
Other facilities  Microfiche / film reader. Photocopying (at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian)
Full Time Staff  32.7 FTE
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
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