Heythrop Library

City/town

London

address

London Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London, W1K 3AH

Telephone

020 7529 4834

Contact & Job Title

Clemens Gresser, Heythrop Librarian; Naomi Hart, Assistant Librarian

Purpose & main user community of the library

Specialist theology and philosophy library, for researchers and for students of these subjects, undergraduate and above.

Terms of access

Membership available for anyone with a serious interest in theology and/or philosophy (see website for options). Members of Senate House Library (SHL) (reference access of materials in Mount Street reading room only). Borrowing through SHL with their membership, or via Inter Library Loan.

Opening hours

LJC term time: Monday: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm; Friday: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm; Saturday: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm; Sunday: closed. LJC non-term time: 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (lunch 1.00 – 2.00 pm); Tuesday: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm (lunch 1.00 – 2.00 pm); Friday: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (lunch 1.00 – 2.00 pm).

Disabled access

There are 5 steps at the main entrance. Internal lift access.

Lending to other libraries & visitors

No lending to visitors. Otherwise, via SHL (also as Inter Library Loan). Visitors can purchase day, week or monthly pass for reference access to the reading room materials only.

Number of volumes

250,000

Periodicals – Back Issues

Yes

Current Periodicals

No lending to visitors. Otherwise, via SHL or via SHL’s Inter Library Loan department). Visitors can purchase day, week or monthly pass for access. The library is unable to process requests for ILL or scanning directly. Please contact SHL’s Inter Library Loans department.

Other materials

JSTOR Theology and Religion package (onsite only).

Volumes added per year

800

Coverage

Mainly Roman Catholic theology; Christian spirituality, church history, Bible, philosophy.

Special Collections

Rare books, pre-1800 materials (held at Campion Hall, Oxford).

Manuscripts

None.

Research resource

Yes.

Catalogue Type

OPAC

URL of catalogue
Other facilities

Multi-functional device (offering scanning, photocopying and printing), for onsite members only. The library team is unable to process requests for ILL or scanning directly. Please contact SHL’s Inter Library Loans department.

Full Time Staff

Two

Part Time Staff

One

Voluntary Staff

Yes. If you are interested, please contact us.

Changes in next five years affecting the above

Later in 2023 we hope to have an external lift which will improve accessibility, particularly for wheelchair users.

Anything else about the library

Only about 8,000 book volumes and the latest journal issues are available in the reading room at the London Jesuit Centre/Mount Street. About 140,000 modern volumes are stored in west London and can be requested by those with full membership (not day, week, or monthly reference pass). About 70,000 pre-1900 volumes (including journals) are stored in south-west London, and about 4,000 rare books are in Oxford.