Library and Archives

Coronavirus Update on Access to Library and Special Collections

The Library and Special Collections will reopen to users on 9th August 2021, though advance booking will be necessary. It is hoped that restrictions will be further relaxed by the start of the new academic year, but the situation is being kept under review until official guidance is updated.

Evidence of a negative Covid test will be required, and all visitors will be asked to adhere to the Covid mitigation policies currently in place.

All enquiries should be directed to

Michael Brealey, Librarian & Archivist
20th July 2021

Main Library

The library’s primary purpose is to resource the teaching and learning undertaken at Bristol Baptist College. It is stocked with over 35,000 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 40 are current. Access to electronic journals and e–books is provided through the College’s validating universities, and our subscription to the Digital Theological Library.

The library also houses a substantial collection relating to Anabaptist history and praxis, which supports the work of the Centre for Anabaptist Studies.

Special Collections

Specialised holdings include manuscript and historic printed collections on Baptist and broader dissenting history, along with 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 supplementing the documentary record include portraits of former staff, items associated with significant Baptist figures, and communion plate. An alumni index contains 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 more detail of our history may be found.