Partnership House Mission Studies Library (now the Crowther Library at CMS)
Repository code: LO/S31
Address: CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford
Postcode: OX4 6BZ
Telephone: 01865 787552
Enquiries: The Librarian
The Crowther library holds some 29,000 books and journals, forming one of the most significant mission studies libraries in the UK.
The Crowther library is the successor to Partnership House Mission Studies Library which was founded in 1987 by bringing together the post-1945 collections of the former CMS and USPG libraries. Now taken over by CMS, and incorporating books from CMS's former training college at Crowther Hall, the library has a wide-ranging collection of about 29,000 books and takes about 250 current journals. It also has back copies of missionary journals, including complete runs of CMS periodicals and overseas diocesan reports.
Thanks to integration with the South American Mission Society (SAMS) in 2010, the Crowther Centre is now also home to the SAMS library, with some 1,200 volumes focusing on South America (see below).
The library's books and journals cover the work of the Church worldwide, particularly areas of CMS, USPG and SAMS involvement. This includes church history, biographies, social and economic concerns, history and theology of mission, prayer, spirituality and other religions. There is a wide-ranging reference collection.
All interested in the history and theology of Christian mission are welcome to use the library.
Mundus collections: 2
Access conditions: Members of the public are free to come and browse the collection and use the library and computers. Membership is £30 a year waged and £15 a year unwaged, for which you may borrow up to eight books for up to eight weeks at a time. See website for further information.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm; Closed: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays