The Community has built a collection of more than 80,000 volumes held in the main library. With strengths in liturgy, biblical studies, church history, the fathers of the church and material for preaching, the library also represents the eclectic interests of individual brethren over time. Additional libraries are housed in the College (a ‘living’ theology library) and the Retreat House. Guests who wish to access the Community and College Libraries (normally open Tues & Wed 9am – 4pm) should seek permission from the Librarian. The Retreat House Library is freely open to Guests throughout their stay.
There are two very special collections in the Library, one of which includes items written and published by Brethren and the other is The Mirfield Collection.
The Mirfield Collection is kept at the University of York Library and contains over 2,000 books from the Community, most printed before 1800, many on the continent. Although the books are predominantly theological, there are many interesting works in other subjects. This collection includes books from the Wilberforce family including the abolitionist William. To see what treasures are in this collection, follow this link.
The library catalogue is online and can be accessed here.
If you would like to volunteer in the libraries please email the Librarian.