Library Collection

Woodbrooke’s Quaker Collections are held by the University of Birmingham Special Collections on a permanent loan basis.

This includes the Bevan-Naish Collection of rare seventeenth and eighteenth century books, tracts and broadsides and the Quaker collection of books, pamphlets and theses relating to Quaker subjects dating from the 17th century to the present day. This includes substantial British Quaker publications well as many more ephemeral items from Britain and many important books from other Yearly Meetings.

It is free to access the material, which is held at the Cadbury Research Library

If you wish to consult this material then it is helpful if you can contact them in via:

The books from our general, non-Quaker, collection have been donated to a number of colleges and universities or sold to support Woodbrooke’s ongoing learning and research work.

For any enquiries about the library, please contact us via

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).

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