This guide is intended for students studying Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, although any students working in this field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for Theology and Religion, including ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases.
Bodleian iSkills and other Workshops (Information skills, accessing resources, open access and more). These workshops are aimed at researchers, academic staff, research students and librarians from across the University.
The Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library is the main lending library for theology at Oxford, at both taught course and research-level. The library purchases almost all its holdings, and multiple copies are provided of frequently-used books.
The Bodleian Library is the University's largest library, holding the legal deposit collection of all UK copyright books and journals; its holdings exceed 6 million books. It also purchases extensively from outside the UK. The most frequently-used theology books are housed on open shelves in the Theology and Patristics Rooms of the Lower Reading Room, Old Bodleian Library (see map). Books at the Bodleian are for reference only and cannot be borrowed. Extensive off-site stacks house less-commonly-used books that you may order to library reading rooms.
More texts on Islamic theology may be found at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies library. For Oriental theology and religion, see the Oriental Institute Library, the K. B. Chen China Centre Library, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies library. For further texts on Jewish philosophy, see the Leopold Muller Memorial Library, part of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Library and Pusey House Library also holds relevant material.
Other subject libraries, for example the Social Science Library, the History Faculty Library, the Tylor Library (anthropology), the Taylor Institution Library (modern languages), and the Sackler (classics) may also hold material of interest to theologians.
All these libraries' collections can be searched via SOLO. The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies libraries are reference only. Borrowing restrictions may apply; for details, check individual library websites.
Oxford's electronic theology resources may be accessed through Databases A-Z, which is accessible on any computer on the University network, and remotely for those with an Oxford Single-Sign On.
Oxford University e-Journals provides access to the many online theology periodicals to which Oxford subscribes.
Oxford subscribes to various relevant databases, such as ATLA (the American Theological Library Association) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. There are extensive online resources for primary and secondary theology texts, for example, Past Masters, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts, Encyclopedia of Islam, and many more. See the Theology + Religion subject in Databases A-Z for a full list of theology e-resources).