The Cambridge Theological Federation Library consists of the collections of its twelve member institutions and is home to a wide range of theological resources. The ecumenical nature of the collections provides a wealth of resources for staff, students, researchers and sabbatical visitors. As well as having access to these libraries, Federation staff, students and sabbatical visitors are able to use many renowned libraries in Cambridge.

With students and staff across the globe, the Federation library services deliver a range of digital resources including ebooks and ejournals, and provide support and training to enable all users to access these services.

The libraries are open to all members of the Federation; external users are welcome to use the libraries for a small fee. All members of Cambridge University are welcome to register with the Federation libraries: just email prior to your visit. Library opening hours vary between institutions: download the full guide to the CTF libraries here.

The Federation Library is committed to diversifying our collections to include a wider spectrum of authors and address under-representation in relation to ethnicity, culture, and gender identity. We are also working to enhance our collections on contemporary theological issues including postcolonial theology, ecotheology, disability theology, queer theology, as well as new perspectives on subjects like Decolonisation, Biblical Studies, Mission, and Christianity in the Global South. With the generous support of the Jerusalem Trust, in 2022 the Library undertook a project to address these needs and grow our collections.

The Library resources include:

  • Access to the online catalogue iDiscover
  • Over 100,000 printed volumes
  • Over 6,000 ebooks
  • Over 60 current journals
  • Special denominational collections
  • E-journals: ATLA ATLAS Series (over 380,000 full texted articles) and the EBSCO Religion & Philosophical package (over 300 full texted journals)
  • Study space
  • Wi-Fi access
  • External membership
  • Students have access to their own House library 7 days a week
  • Copy/print/scanning facilities available in most colleges

In addition, staff and students have access to the electronic resources and databases of their validating universities.

If you have any questions or you would like to visit our libraries please contact the Federation Librarians:

Dr Chris Grogan

Dr Jane Sinnett-Smith