Library Services

Due to the coronovirus outbreak Woodbrooke’s Library is closed until further notice. None of the library staff are currently working and emails and telephone messages are not being monitored If you are a library registered reader, your registration will be extended to cover the ‘lost’ period. We will also extend the borrowing period for any books that you have until the library reopens. For further enquiries email: 

The library is a private collection of resources which is an integral part of our learning programme and designed primarily to support these programmes.

The library is available to anyone staying at Woodbrooke, those participating in courses and conferences, and to registered library users. Enquiries about day visits to the library or becoming a registered library user please contact us via

The library is open 24-hours a day for those staying at Woodbrooke.

Browse our library catalogue

The Quaker Library

The Quaker Library consists of about 10,000 items dating from the 17th century to the present day. All substantial British Quaker publications are stocked, as well as many more ephemeral items from Britain and many important books from abroad. Full runs of major pamphlet series, over 100 current and past Quaker periodicals, audio-visual material and a number of relevant PhD theses are also kept.

Quaker periodicals catalogue

The Main Library

The Main Library reflects the interests and concerns of Quakers today, with substantial sections on peace, conflict resolution, theology, sustainability, Biblical studies, spirituality, social justice and areas of faith in action.

Rendel Harris

James Rendel Harris (1852-1941) was a notable Quaker biblical scholar and palaeographer, holding academic positions at the University of Cambridge, Johns Hopkins University and Haverford College before becoming Woodbrooke’s first Director of Studies in 1903.  Woodbrooke Library holds some of his personal papers. Researchers wishing to consult them should make a prior appointment with the Librarian. Archive material relating to Rendel Harris is also held at Haverford and the University of Birmingham Library (Special Collections).

Catalogue of Rendel Harris papers

Friends House Library

The Library of the Society of Friends, based at Friends House, is one of the largest Quaker collections in the world. It includes books, journals, manuscripts and visual resources, as well as the archives of the central organisation of Quakers in Britain.

Friends House library catalogue

Local Quaker history 

For local Quaker history, we suggest that you contact the Library of Birmingham which holds the archives and records of Central England Area Meeting (previously Warwickshire Monthly Meeting).