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The library

Oak Hill houses one of the finest theological libraries in the south-east. It provides historical material and a wide range of contemporary resources from a variety of different traditions to support the teaching which takes place in college and to facilitate research.

The library has plenty of space for quiet study, fully computerised search facilities, lockable storage and a self-service issue and return system. It also has over 55,000 items in stock, including multimedia items on DVD. On average, 200 items are added to the library’s stock each month, including newly published theological books from a wide range of traditions.

Access and library guide

The library is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to all members of the college community. Former Oak Hill students can join for an annual payment of £30 and visitors for an annual payment of £60 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri only). Day visitors are allowed access to reference facilities for a daily charge of £5 (£3 for Old Oaks) if space permits. We require new day visitors to make an appointment prior to their first visit and to leave a £10 or car key deposit upon receipt of building access card. Please contact the Librarian for further details.

Library catalogue

Access to the catalogue on HeritageCirqa is now available offsite as well as onsite via the VLE. Registered members can log in with their user name and PIN to renew books. Other interested people can view the catalogue via the enquiry interface.


The library subscribes to approximately 200 hard copy journals and also has a substantial collection of back issues. Some of these are also available online, although some need a username and password (details are available from the library). The library also has a full-text-online journals database. Please note that for subscription reasons this facility is only available to registered members of the library.

The library is linked via the Internet to thousands of libraries worldwide.

For further information about the library, contact the Librarian on 020 8449 0467 x230 or by emailing here.  

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