Library facilities

Members of Ridley Hall have access to superb learning resources (for information for non-members, see below).

Only a ten-minute walk to the north of the college is the University Library, home to one of the greatest collections of books, periodicals and manuscripts in the world. Tyndale House, one of the finest biblical research libraries with over 30,000 books and numerous computer research tools, is a similar distance to the west of us. The University's Faculty of Divinity Library with over 50,000 monographs is almost across the street from Ridley!

Ridley library

Ridley's own library specialises in biblical resources, and consists of more than 16,000 volumes. College members also have access to the libraries of the other Federation institutions, including Westcott House (17,000 books), Wesley House (18,000 books) and Westminster College (27,000 books).

All eight libraries associated with the Cambridge-based institutions of the Federation are within walking distance of Ridley, and each has its own particular areas of focus or special collections:

Federation LibraryItems heldParticular areas of focus or special collections
The Henry Martyn Centre Library c.7,500 Mission and world Christianity covering theology of mission, religious studies, cultural studies, mission history and biography
The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies Library c.1,700 Orthodox Christian Church
The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology Library c.6,000 Roman Catholicism and documents from the Vatican and Bishop's Conference of England and Wales
The Ridley Hall Library c.15,000 Biblical commentaries, New Testament, evangelism, faith & work, apologetics, Christianity & the arts, and Christianity and science
Wesley House Library c.18,000 Methodism, the study and theology of religions, sociology of religion, ethics, Early Church History and pastoral studies
Westcott House Library c.16,000 Liturgy, spirituality, feminist theology, Anglicanism, Christian education, Roman Catholicism including the Catholic Reformation, Liberation Theology, ecumenism, medieval Church history, and pastoral studies
Westminster College c.40,000 Reformed tradition including the Protestant Reformation, Old Testament, feminist theology, psychology, ecumenism, systematic theology, art & religion, hymnology and Church history from 1789
The Woolf Institute Library c.4,000 Jewish-Christian relations, Muslim-Jewish relations and related fields


Information for non-members:

Please note that if you are not a member of Ridley Hall or of the Cambridge Theological Federation, you will need prior permission to use the library. Please contact Philip Jenson.