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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Learning Resource Centre (Library and Study Space)

Learning Resource Centre ‘a 21st-century learning space in a century-old College’

Nestled between the chapel of St. Mary the Less and the Cranmer Hall tutorial offices is the newly completed purpose-built Learning Resource Centre. The centre consists of two floors of library space, the Sir William Leech Library, holding around 27,000 books including a unique collection of specialist theological books and journals. About 1,000 books on a wide range of subjects are added to the library’s stock each year. Additionally there are 86 flexible study spaces a reading room with reference books, and a bookable group study space. Occupying the ground floor is a state of the art lecture theatre and a seminar room. Both of the teaching spaces are fitted with lecture capture technology increasing accessibility for all learners.

The building is open 24/7 to library members and access is normally by campus card. There are CCTV cameras and a book security system in operation. The College librarian, is available part of the day to help with any queries and can also be contacted at johns.library@durham.ac.uk.

The library catalogue is fully searchable online at: http://library.dur.ac.uk.

One student has already commented on “how good it is to have such an excellent resource at John’s.”

 While another has written:

“Just a note to say how fantastically easy the books were to find, and the check-out process was very straightforward. I had a browse and appreciate the depth of the collections on the subjects I am interested in.”

Library Specialism in Theology

Our particular strength is in theology, since the college includes its own taught BA and MA programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission at Cranmer Hall. Some 75% of the library books are in the subject and we subscribe to a number of specialist journals in theology and ministry.

The Library Users Handbook can be found here:

Library Users Handbook

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