Resources for Christian ministry and worship at New College Library

Today New College welcomes ministers and worship leaders to a CPD day focusing on Biblical resources. Topics include current scholarship on the Gospel of John and Advent themes in the Hebrew Bible.

At New College Library, we welcome people working in the church to use our outstanding theological collections for research and continuing professional development.

Who can use New College Library?

You will need to bring photographic ID and proof of address to join the Library. Your library card will enable access to not only New College Library but all of the libraries in the University of Edinburgh Library.

New College Library’s Resources include:

  • Biblical commentaries and Bibles. Reference works at Ref BS in the Library Hall, and further volumes downstairs at BS in Stack I.
  • Church reports, handbooks and magazines. We collect most comprehensively for the Church of Scotland but hold historic materials for the Free Church, and current material for other denominations.
  • Rare books and Special Collections, principally from the historic collections of the Church of Scotland. Strengths include early Bibles, pamphlets, hymns and psalms, and archive collections (e.g. Thomas Chalmers)

The starting point for searching New College Library’s collections is DiscoverEd (online library catalogue), at

You can find out more about using New College Library at

Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarian – Divinity

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