All Nations can boast one of the best mission resources in Europe. With over 50,000 books, papers, maps and audio-visual items, and an extensive range of periodicals, it is one of the UK's largest collections of biblical, theological and missiological material with particular emphasis on intercultural and mission studies. In addition, the details of over 45,000 journal articles are indexed on the Library's catalogue - and searchable by subject or keyword.
The library is a member of the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL) - a partnership of over 100 libraries who share expertise and resources in a number of areas. An inter-library loans service is available, enabling students to borrow books, theses and periodical articles from ABTAPL libraries, the British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC) and various other libraries. The library is also a member of the Network of Librarians from Open University Validation Services (OUVS) partner institutions.
All Nations library provides access to online journals for student's by subscribing to EBSCO's Philosophy and Religion Collection, a database providing access to over 300 full-text journals.
The college library's mission is to provide a supportive environment for learning and study in which all library users can find high quality information resources and services to facilitate your current or continuing education, their personal and professional development and your role within the All Nations community.
All Nations' students can use the library 24 hours a day in term-time, and during office hours (Monday-Friday) in the vacations.
Those in theological education, or engaged in Christian ministry and mission work, may register as External Users and access the facilities during office hours (Monday to Friday). An annual subscription is payable for this service. For more information on joining the library please see below, or contact the Librarian, Frances Walker using the link below, to make an appointment.
The facilities of the All Nations Library are available to registered external users. Registration as an external user is open to:
Eligibility for membership will be determined by the Librarian, who maintains the right to suspend membership if users do not abide by the following regulations and conditions for library use.
The Library is open to external users at the following times:
Monday 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm-5pm
Tuesday 9.30pm – 1pm and 2pm-5pm
Wednesday 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm-5pm
Thursday 9.30pm – 1pm and 2pm-5pm
Friday 9.30pm – 1pm and 2pm-5pm
The last admission time for all users is 4.30pm. External users may remain in the library over between 1 and 2pm but must arrive before 12.30pm.
During vacations the same hours and last admission times apply, but by appointment only with the Librarian.
There is no access to library facilities outside these times.
Please do not hesitate to ask the Library staff for assistance if you need any help when using the library.
All Nations library is open to new members, to become a member please make an appointment with the librarian to visit the library either by phone or email which can be found at the bottom of this page. Below you can find information about the library for new members. An application form should be completed online using the link below.
12 month’s membership (inclusive of borrowing rights): £50.00
Students of other educational institutions: £35.00
Former All Nations Students and Staff: £25.00
Full-Time Mission Workers: £25.00
No charge to:
Students of Oak Hill, Spurgeon’s College and London School of Theology (Reciprocal agreement)
Full day £6.00
Half day £3.00
All Nations may be able to provide accommodation to you to extend you your use of the library for a short period. Please see the Librarian for more details if interested in our private study facilities.
We regret that we do not generally have refreshment facilities available for external library users. There are a selection of shops and eating facilities in the village of Stanstead Abbotts (approx 3/4 mile from college). However if you are coming for a whole day (or do not have transport) and do require lunch we can make arrangements for you to eat at College for a charge of £3.50. Please contact the Librarian, giving at least 48 hours notice so that we can notify our catering staff.
Tel. 01920 443504