Carpenter Library


Key Features

The Carpenter Library is the legacy of Joseph Estlin Carpenter, student, tutor, vice-Principal (1885-1899), and Principal (1906-1915) of Manchester College and Wilde lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University. Originally donated in his lifetime and further bequeathed upon his death, this collection has been added to over the years and has grown to over 4,500 volumes covering a wide range of topics on the world’s major religions and their related sects, including:

  • Bahá’i Faith
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Jainism
  • Judaism
  • Zoroastrianism

The collection also contains numerous works on the philosophy, literature, languages, folklore, mythology, religions, history, and anthropology of modern and prehistoric cultures around the world.

This distinct collection may be of particular interest to students of Ancient Egypt, Archaeology, Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of religions in general. The books are borrowable and housed together behind the library office and are accessible only when staff are present during normal opening hours or by prior arrangement.

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