A flock of books
‘homes in' on Wollaston
The Rt Revd Kate Wilmot and The Revd Dr Ric Barrett-Lennard
If you have ever used the theological library at Murdoch University (or would like to) there is important news afoot.
Since theological teaching at Murdoch ended, negotiations have been in place to remove the theological books (a combined Murdoch University, Anglican and UCA concern) to Wollaston Theological College.
With the addition of Archbishop Carnley’s theological library (and books purchased by Wollaston College in recent years) this will amount to some 28,000 volumes including journals.
The books are a combination of purchases by Murdoch University, volumes from the UCA theological library as well as part of the original library at Wollaston; so, in some sense, the collection is coming ‘home’.
The library will remain at Wollaston to be used by students, scholars, and people of both UCA and Anglican communities.
The collection is important because it is modern, and its scope is broad.
This reflects the sweep of theological traditions that founded the Murdoch theology programme.
Murdoch theology was taught by staff of international standing, so the collection contains high quality academic books as well as offerings for general readership.
This will be a library for church people as well as clergy, students and researchers and there are many ways to be connected to it.
Friends and supporters of the library might be the descendants of original Wollaston students, holders of Murdoch theology degrees, Wollaston alumni and people presently enrolled in theological courses of all kinds, as well as Wollaston academic staff, lay leadership, Lay Pastoral Ministers, members of Anglican schools and agencies, clergy of the Diocese and anyone who believes that a broad based, high quality theological library is an important community resource.
There’ll be more news to come on the library move and on ways that we as its community, can support its further development.