The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide library is a rich collection of books, journals, pamphlets, theses and other material pertaining to Christianity in the non-western world. The library serves a range of disciplines including history, theology, anthropology and the social sciences. Its key strengths are non-western theology and Christian history, ethnographic studies, mission theology, and the history of the missionary, ecumenical, and evangelical movements.

The collection is open to the public and overseen by the Librarian, Ruth MacLean, who normally works Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. She is happy to advise if you have any questions about the library holdings relating to your research and study needs.

The library is complemented by a growing archival collection. More information about the archive is available in a separate section of this website.

Using the Collection


Our holdings are searchable on the iDiscover catalogue of Cambridge University Libraries. Use keywords from title and author or key subject areas and refine your search by selecting from the drop-down menu on the search box on the main iDiscover page, or on the right hand side of the results display.


View our full journals listing here to see all our journal holdings, many of which are published in non-western countries. We currently receive journal issues for over thirty titles, and have holdings of more than a hundred further titles.

Our Classification Guide will help you to identify classmarks for books on our shelves that may be relevant to your research. Our Subject Headings Guide will enable you to search for material by subject on iDiscover.

Loans may be renewed online through your library account on iDiscover or by emailing the Librarian, using the buttons below.

The library is actively expanding in all its speciality areas. Book recommendations are welcome and will be reviewed by the Librarian.


The library is open to all members of the public during our regular opening hours. The library is a welcoming place to browse and read, and there are study carrels for those who wish to work in the library. Members of Cambridge University and the Cambridge Theological Federation are permitted to borrow books after a simple registration process. External researchers and members of the public may borrow books after paying an administrative fee of £12 per term or £36 per year. An ID is required for external registration.

With regard to registration and data protection compliance, do take a look at our Data Protection Policies page.

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.

About the Librarian

Ruth MacLean was born to missionary parents and spent her early childhood in Turkey before they moved to London to continue their work amongst Turkish-speaking communities. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Education from Durham University, specialising in Theology and Linguistics. Since then, she has worked in libraries in Durham and Cambridge before coming to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014. In her present role, she brings together her skills and experience in librarianship with her family background of missionary work. Married to Donald John MacLean, an elder in the Cambridge Presbyterian Evangelical Church, and with two children, Hannah and Jonathan, her interests include books, theology, and the Scottish highlands and islands.

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