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Overview of resources

Divinity Library, mezzanine. Photographed by Clemens Gresser
This is just a brief overview, you might also want to look at our Libguide for Theology and Religious Studies

Printed materials

Books and pamphlets

The Divinity Library holds about 62,000 physical volumes, of which 56,000 are books, and about 3,000 pamphlets.


Since 2015-16 we have started obtaining Part IIB and MPhil dissertations - and we will aim to keep adding them in the coming years.

If you are interested in consulting these "sample dissertations":

Please be aware of the following conditions of use:

You are allowed to look at the sample dissertations if you agree to abide by the following conditions:

  1. Sample dissertations cannot be copied (this includes any medium: e.g. not using the Library photocopier, or a camera)
  2. Sample dissertations cannot leave the Divinity Library, and must be consulted at a desk near to the Issue Desk.
  3. Students are reminded that submitting their own dissertation with a title resembling those in the sample collection are unacceptable.
  4. Students are reminded of the University policy on plagiarism.
  5. This list will be passed to the Chair of the Teaching Committee, if requested.
  6. You will need to bring a valid blue University card, and any dissertation will be issued to you for 3 hours at a time.
  7. Please be aware that if your Divinity Library account is blocked due to fines (£5.01 or more), you won't be able to consult any closed-access material without paying the fines.
  8. You will also need to sign that you will abide to follow the above.


There are in excess of 70 printed, periodical titles (with 10 current titles),

Electronic resources

Almost all our electronic resources (databases, ejournals and ebooks) are available campus-wide, to any current member of the University.

Research resources

The Divinity Library aims to respond to the research needs of the members of the Faculty of Divinty. An overview of research resources in Cambridge (also going beyond the Divinity Library) is available. In particular we welcome suggestions for books. If you are missing access to an ejournal or a database, please contact us.