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Theology and Religion: Specialist Subject Resources

Subject support from Library Services for staff and students in Theology and Religion

Cadbury Research Library

Manuscript from the Mingana Collection, Cadbury Research Library

The Cadbury Research Library, in the Muirhead Tower, is the home for  Special Collections and Archives of the University of Birmingham. The collections comprise approximately 200,000 pre-1850 books dating from 1471 and some 4 million manuscripts. The Cadbury Research Library welcomes all interested users, both staff and students of the University and members of the public.

Opening hours

  • Monday - 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday - 9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday - 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday - 9am – 7pm
  • Friday - 9am – 5pm

Please note: requests for material must be placed by 4.15pm, or 4.30pm on Thursdays. If you are visiting on our late Thursday opening but are arriving after 4.30pm, you will need to pre order the material you wish to consult.

Closed days

The Cadbury Research Library is closed on all University closed days.

Specialist Libraries at the University of Birmingham

Special Collections in [School Name] at the University of Birmingham

Cadbury Research Library Special Collections holds an extensive number of important archive collections related to theology and religion. The Mingana Collection consists mainly of Arabic and Syriac Middle Eastern manuscripts with some Persian, Turkish, Armenian, Greek manuscripts and Hebrew/Jewish works. It has particular strengths in illustrated manuscripts and early Islamic and Syriac materials, including fragments of one of the oldest Qu'rans in existence. The Church Missionary Society archive is the largest collection in our care and records date from 1799 to 2009. Other prominent collections available for research include the Harold Turner Collection, Leslie Weatherhead and the YMCA Archive. Please contact the Cadbury Research Library if you would like further information on theses and other theology and religious books and archives we hold.

Specialist Libraries

19th century journals in the Barber Fine Art Library

  • You can use the COPAC catalogue to search the collections of approximately 90 major UK and Irish libraries in a single search. Library collections listed include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the British Library and libraries at the National Trust and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
  • If you wish to visit another UK university library, you might be eligible for a SCONUL card. This will allow you reference access to a large number of academic libraries around the UK. For more information on using other libraries please look at Access Schemes

Finding Books