Library and Archives

Main Library

The library’s primary purpose is to resource the teaching and learning undertaken at Bristol Baptist College. It is stocked with over 25,000 books and other media to meet the needs of ministerial, theology, and children and youth ministry students, as well as for work at postgraduate level. There are runs of more than 130 periodicals, of which 50 are current, and access to electronic journals and databases is provided through the universities which validate the college’s courses.

The library has recently been enhanced by the addition of a substantial collection of books relating to Anabaptist history and praxis. Alongside other changes needed to accommodate this donation a programme of reorganisation and reclassification has been undertaken which is still in progress.

Special Collections

In addition there are holdings of manuscript and printed source material on Baptist and broader dissenting history, and also College archives dating back to the foundation. Material showing the nature of early teaching, and records of the library and its use are of particular significance. Artefacts held include portraits of former staff, items associated with significant Baptist figures, and communion plate. Alumni records contain brief biographical details of all former Bristol Baptist College students.

Researchers wishing to use the Special Collections should contact the librarian.

The College is pleased to be associated with the Dissenting Academies Online project, where further details of our history may be found, alongside a wealth of other information.

Advance Notice – temporary restrictions on access to archives during Summer/Autumn 2018

Upgrading of the archives room later this year will necessitate the temporary removal to store of the library’s Special Collections. Therefore this material will be inaccessible for a period, and for some time after the commissioning of the strong room delays in fulfilling requests are likely while re-shelving is in progress. Every effort will be made to keep service interruptions to a minimum, but researchers are advised to enquire well in advance about any items they wish to view.

A start date has not yet been agreed for this project. Details will be posted here as soon as they are known. For further information and advice please contact library@bristol-baptist.ac.uk.

Michael Brealey, Librarian & Archivist, 1 May 2018