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Library Opening Times

Monday          11am - 1pm

Tuesday          11am - 1pm

Wednesday    11am - 1pm

Friday             11am - 1pm



The Reference Library at the New Room contains over 9,000 books, pamphlets and bound journals of Methodist history, local studies, biographies, and critical studies of John and Charles Wesley and their works.

What's here at the Library?

What’s here at the New Room Library?

  • the works of John and Charles Wesley, many printed in Bristol in the 18th century.
  • books and pamphlets on Methodist history and biography
  • Minutes of Conference of the Methodist Church and its various sections, since 1745
  • The Proceedings of The Wesley Historical Society since its inception and almost all of the regional publications
  • an almost complete run of The Arminian/Wesleyan and Methodist Magazine.
  • Methodist and other hymn books since 1737.
  • extensive collection of local histories, many for particular chapels, especially for Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

For further information please click here to view the catalogue on the Oxford Brookes website.

The first library at the New Room was created by John Wesley. This was lost when the building was sold in 1808 but a new library collection was started in the 1930s. The new Library to house this was officially opened in July 2017 and it also contains hundreds of volumes that were once within the libraries of  the Methodist Music Society and Wesley College, Bristol.


We can provide black-and-white and colour photocopies up to size A3. All photocopying is carried out by our Collections Volunteers, please ask if you would like to have something photocopied. Photocopying charges apply. The money raised goes to support the care of our collections.

Archive Material

Past Exhibitions

Oral History


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