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The Holden Library

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The Holden Library is a working library for clergy. It belongs to the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, but is open to all Christian denominations which apply for membership and contribute an agreed annual subscription. It is currently generously supported by the Anglican Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds, and the Methodist Church (the Leeds District and the West Yorkshire District).

The collection has been on deposit at Leeds University Library since 1940. It is extensive, including some 15,000 books dating from 1522 to the present. The older items are shelved in the Library's Special Collections, with more recent material on the open shelves.

As a working library for clergy, it contains books on all matters of religion including Old and New Testament, Christian doctrine and ethics, devotional literature, pastoral theology, Church organisation and history, public worship, liturgies and sacraments and non-Christian religions.

The Holden Library is overseen by the Holden Committee, which meets twice yearly.

Holden members may use and borrow up to six books from anywhere in the University Library's collections (excluding High Demand items). And members of the University may use and borrow items from the Holden Library.

For more information on eligibility for Holden Library membership and borrowing rights for Holden Members see Local clergy, or contact us for further help.

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