The Woolf Institute takes great pride in its library. Its holdings are integrated into the University’s Newton Catalogue but form a discrete, highly specialised collection of several thousand volumes located at Wesley House. The institute invests substantial funds into the library each year in order to ensure that it offers a first-rate and up-to-date resource for scholars interested in Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations. As we are able to make more and more teaching material available to our students electronically, the bulk of our library budget goes into highly specialised research monographs, conference proceedings and critical editions.
Our staff, visiting fellows and MSt students have constant access to the library. Other members of the Cambridge Theological Federation and university students who have registered to use the Federation libraries can gain access during office hours. Please report either to the Woolf Institute office (Wesley House, C Staircase, ground floor) or the office of the Federation librarians (Wesley House, C Staircase, first floor) to request access.
Monday-Thursday 9.00-17.00, Friday: 9.00-12.00.
The library is occasionally open at other times.
Please email the Institute or phone (01223) 741 048 for further information.
The library has a computerised catalogue system, administered by the Cambridge University library, which co-ordinates the catalogues of over one hundred academic libraries in Cambridge. You can check the catalogue from any location via the internet.
The Woolf Institute recognises the growing use of information technologies in studies, research, teaching and communication. Our IT Officer provides support to the staff, students and visiting scholars. Computing facilities are available in the Woolf Institute Library, as is internet cable and wireless connection.
The Woolf Institute is housed in Wesley House in the very centre of Cambridge. Students enrolled in the MSt programme can find accommodation through their Colleges. There are also ample opportunities to rent rooms, flats and houses privately or, for student and scholars connected with the University of Cambridge through the University’s Accommodation Service.