The Tate Library

The Tate Library

The Tate Library is the reading room of the college library and houses the general collection of books most used by graduates and undergraduates.

Other parts of the Library's collection include a significant collection on the history of Protestant dissent in England and the Carpenter Library of Comparative Religion, donated to the college by our former principal, Joseph Estlin Carpenter (1844 - 1927)

There are 50 study desks spread between the ground floor and our wonderful gallery, added in 2011.

IT Facilities

We have 4 bookable PCs and a Mac computer and wireless internet access throughout. Readers can print directly from PCs and release with their university card from either of the printers outisde the library or library office. These machines also function as scanners.

Readers can also print from laptops by uploading to the WebPrint service and releasing in the same way.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the library via eduroam.

Equipment and resources to assist you.

The Library and IT services between them have a range of equipment which you might find useful:

  • Lumber support chairs
  • Adjustable desks
  • Blocks with which to raise the height of library desks
  • Footrests
  • Laptop supports and mobile standing desk equipment
  • Ergonomic mice
  • Ergonomic keyboards
  • Scanning pens
  • Acetate sheets which alter the colour of the reading page


Most of the equipment is out in the Library and freely available. There is also a cupboard in the Library where you can help yourself.

Other resources are looked after by the Library or IT staff.

Just contact one of us and we will be pleased to help you with any request.