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History of Christianity

Books relating to History of Christianity will be found at a variety of locations in New College Library and the Main Library – check this on DiscoverEd. However, classmarks BR for Christianity and BX for Christian Denominations might be useful places to browse. 

  • Excellent current and historic collections for History of Christianity can be accessed at New College Library
  • Strong historic and current print collections for History of Christianity can also be accessed at the Main Library.

Books for History of Christianity

Search DiscoverEd to find print and electronic History of Christianity books. These include:

Heritage Collections

Scottish Metrical Psalter, 1562-1592, Thomas Wood (Wode) of St Andrews (Dk.5.14),

The Heritage Collections teams preserve, provide access to and interpret the heritage collections looked after by the University.

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's heritage collections including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives, University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and more.

The CRC is located on the 6th floor, Main Library.

Databases for History of Christianity

Journals for History of Christianity

Search DiscoverEd to find print and electronic History of Christianity journals. These include:

New College Library Heritage Collections for History of Christianity

New College Library holds an outstanding collection of early theological books and archives. The collections cover patristics, hagiography, Reformation writers including Calvin and Knox, eighteenth century Seceders e.g. Ebenezer & Ralph Erskine, the nineteenth century Church in Scotland, Westminster Confessions and Hymnology. From collections of the very earliest printed books, incunabula, to substantial collections of around 35,000 16th-20th century pamphlets New College Library has a huge range of source materials for original research in ecclesiastical history. The New College Archives have a substantial collection of the papers of Thomas Chalmers, a very significant figure in the nineteenth century Scottish church.

To arrange to consult New College Special Collections and archives, please email:

Reference books for History of Christianity

Search DiscoverEd to find print and electronic Ecclesiastical history reference books, or browse the shelves in the New College Library Hall. These include:

Digital Text Collections