Henry Martyn Trust

Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide Library



from the librarian, Ruth MacLean

Vacation borrowing: all loans are now due back on 27 April 2017




The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, formerly the Henry Martyn Centre, is housed in a beautiful, recently built premises in the grounds of Westminster College. For directions see map. Opening times are here.

It has a rich library of books, journals, pamphlets, theses and archives on the subject of Christianity in the non-western world. It serves a wide range of disciplines, including history, theology, anthropology and the social sciences. Its key strengths are non-western theology and church history, and the history of the missionary, ecumenical, and evangelical movements. Its subscription to a wide variety of journals include those published in the non-western world. The archive contains papers of missionaries and church leaders who have served in a diverse array of locations around the world.



Current members of the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Theological Federation may use the library during regular opening hours. There are study carrels for readers who wish to work in the library. Please register the first time you visit. You may borrow ten books for two weeks during term time, using your University library card. This allowance is shared with other libraries of the Cambridge Theological Federation. At the end of term, borrowing is extended for the whole vacation.

External researchers and the general public may use the library for reference only, any time of year. If you wish to borrow books, you may purchase a CCCW library card for £12/term or £36/year. ID is required at registration of non-University members. This allows you to borrow up to five books for two weeks.

For a further fee, the CCCW provides a research base in Cambridge, out-of-hours access to the library, and a connection to the Cambridge Theological Federation for external researchers from other institutions.


Practical information

Our holdings are searchable on the new iDiscover catalogue of the University of Cambridge Libraries. They are also accessible through the old Newton catalogue by selecting 'Other libraries associated with the University'.

To identify classmarks for books relevant to your research please refer to the Classification Guide.

Loans may be renewed online or by emailing the Librarian. To renew online go to iDiscover. Click on ‘My Library Account’, login with your University library card barcode and surname and click on the books that you wish to renew.


The library's history

For an account of the history of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide library, see the following article:

'The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Westminster College, Cambridge', Bulletin of the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries Volume 22, Number 2, June 2015, 11-14.




The Librarian, Ruth MacLean, works three mornings a week, Wed-Fri, 9-1. She is happy to advise if you have any questions about the library holdings relating to your research and study needs.

Library acquisition is mainly focused on academic research and studies in the area of non-western Christian theology and history. Book recommendations are welcome and will be reviewed by the Librarian. 



Those intending to consult the archive collections should contact the Archivist, Dr Philip Saunders, well in advance of arrival. Fees and rules apply to use of the archive collections, including personal digital photography, scanning and copying. The archivist is available on Mondays 9-4.30 and Tuesdays 9-1. Please note that the archives are accessible in the mornings; other times may be possible by arrangement. 



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