School of Divinity

New College Library

New College Library has moved temporarily.

A major Estates project has meant that we must move the New College Library collections and services. The library collections and services will return in summer 2021.

What this means for you

  • General Collections: 'New College Library' is open at David Hume Tower (DHT), providing access to General Collections.
  • Essential reading material for taught courses is available in the New College Library Reserve Collection, Semple’s Close Wing of New College.
  • Archive material and some Special Collections (selected in consultation with the School of Divinity) will be available at the Centre for Research Collections at the Main Library in George Square. Contact the Centre for Research Collections to request access to these collections. Email 

New College Library at David Hume Tower (DHT)

  • New College Library General Collections includes books on course reading lists as well as journals, which are currently on open access.
  • General Collections will be fully available at New College Library at DHT by the end of January.
  • All previous New College Library services will be available and there will be no changes to current opening hours.
  • Students will have access to study spaces at DHT, as well as access to study space in the Rainy Hall.

New College Library – Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection)

  • The New College Library – Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection) is a small collection of resources providing taught course students with access to essential reading list items. This collection has been temporarily relocated within New College for the duration of the Estates project.
  • At the New College Library – Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection) you will be able to issue and return New College Reserve Collection items.
  • All other core Library services are available from the New College Library in David Hume Tower.

New College Library Special Collections

  • New College Library Special Collections include archives, manuscripts, historic printed books and objects, which are all kept in closed access areas.
  • A request service is now in place to enable New College Library Special Collections items to be read at the Centre for Research Collections.
  • Archives and selected New College Library Special Collections are being moved to the Centre for Research Collections between February and April 2020.
  • Some Special Collections will be relocated to storage offsite and these will be unavailable for the duration of the Estates project.
  • Please contact the Centre for Research Collections for more information on available collections and to make requestsEmail Web

Important dates

  • 13 January 2020: Temporary New College Library opens in David Hume Tower at 9am
  • 13 January 2020: Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection) opens to give temporary access to NCL Reserve Collection
  • February–April 2020: Archives and selected Special Collections move to the Centre for Research Collections
  • Summer 2021: New College Library reopens.

January library information drop-ins

Academic Support Librarian Christine Love-Rodgers will be available in the Rainy Hall at New College on Wednesday mornings for you to ask any Library questions you may have.

  • Wednesday 15 January 2020, 10-11am
  • Wednesday 22 January 2020, 11am-12noon
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020, 10-11am


Name of Collection Shelfmark Comments
Archives and Manuscripts AA, MS and GD All Archives and Manuscript collections
Early Bibles B.R. -
Foreign Language Bibles D Cataloguing in progress
Incunabula Inc.  
Inglis Inglis Chinese: cataloguing in progress
MH MH Much unique material
Pamphlets Pamphlets Much unique material
TR TR Much unique material

Head of School, Professor Helen Bond, says:

“We have one of the largest theology collections in the UK and it is vital that we safeguard those quarter of a million books, manuscripts and other historic items for future generations. However, we understand the inconvenience these building works may cause and we are working very closely with student representatives, colleagues in Library and Information Services, the Estates Office, and Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programme Directors to minimise the impact on students, staff and our wider community.”

Our Director of Professional Services, Alan Wigglesworth, is happy to be contacted if you have any further questions or concerns.



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