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Library plans extension to house growing Special Collections

Library special collections Friday 17 July 2015

Work to extend the Sheppard-Worlock Library will take place throughout the summer as part of plans to re-house several collections.

A lift and staircase will be installed in the Special Collections reading room, providing access to a new space that will hold items from the Professor Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity.

The collection has outgrown its current home in the group work area, and moving it to the new site will not only provide more space, but will also make way for the introduction of the recently deposited Cornwell Collection.

Susan Murray, Head of Library Service, said: “The new room will not only feature the Professor Andrew F. Walls Collection, but also study spaces, PCs and microfiche readers.

“We’ve recently received several new collections, including the Talbot Collection that has been permanently loaned to the University following the closure of the Talbot Library in Preston, and so we’ve had to make some layout changes.  

“Completing the renovation works during the quiet summer months means the new-look library will be ready for the start of the new academic year and the return of our students.”

The Professor Andrew F. Walls Collection offers resources across a range of mission studies, its principal focus being Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. It has substantial holdings on the history of mission and missionary activity in other parts of the world, as well as on mission theology and practice, other faiths and the history of religions.

Click here for more information on the University’s Special Collections.

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