Resources for Research and Scholarship

The Centre's staff and students have access to the resources of the University Library and Archives and of other university and specialised libraries in York and Yorkshire as well as to many academic libraries and archives elsewhere in the UK.

Women's Studies Librarian

The Centre for Women's Studies dedicated librarian is Olivia Else who can help with anything and everything to do with Women's Studies resources. Please visit Olivia's webpage for more information.

The University Library and Archives

The University has several libraries, but the major resources for the staff and students in Women's Studies are located on the main campus. The Library also provides access to a range of electronic databases and Internet research and information resources, local, national and international.

The J.B. Morrell Library

The J. B. Morrell Library is the main university library and houses materials - including books, journals, microforms and audio visual items - for all subjects taught and researched at the University. It contains over 520,000 books or electronic links to books and other publications, and over 2,700 academic journals in print form, plus access to the full text of over 10,000 electronic journals. Subject librarians assist students with their research needs and provide training on subject-specific needs and skills.

The Library is a pleasant, quiet place to work in, with over 800 seats provided throughout the main building for study use. There are networked computers throughout plus wireless access points, for access to the University network.

The J.B. Morrell Library

The Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research (RBL)

The RBL contains various Special Collections of primary and secondary humanities and social science resources, including the Humanities Research Reference Collection of books and microforms. The collections are being systematically expanded and developed to provide a level of research resource not usually found in a 1960s university library. Particular attention is being given to collections in history of art and modern areas of study, and in other areas as diverse as medieval and music manuscript collections on microfilm, and twentieth century films, video and ephemera to support research into popular culture. The holdings include:

  • Sexual politics in Britain [1975-1983];
  • Women's journals, 1919-1968:from franchise to feminism, Part 1. Eve, 1919-1929;
  • Sex and sexuality, 1640-1940: literary, medical and sociological perspectives: Part I;
  • Colonial discourses: series one: women, travel and empire, 1660-1914;
  • Women and Victorian values, 1837-1910: advice books, manuals, and journals for women;
  • Women's autobiographies from Cambridge University Library 1713-1889.

The RBL is housed in a new purpose-built building, and provides an attractive working environment for researchers and students. There are over 100 study spaces in two light and airy reading rooms. There is a quiet reading room on the first floor with 80 study spaces, and there are a number of networked computers and access to the Library Catalogue. The second floor houses the Silent Study Room which has 30 study spaces and is designed to provide researchers with an environment free from conversation, computers, photocopiers and other disturbances.

Borthwick Institute for Archives

The Borthwick Institute for Archives is one of the biggest UK archive repositories outside London. It is housed in a new, purpose-built building adjacent to the J. B. Morrell Library.

During its 50 year history it has collected archives from all around the world, from the 12th century to the present day. The Equality in the Archives Web Project has provided examples of how the collections can be used to trace the history of individuals, organisations and ideas in the areas of Women's History; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History; Race History; and Disability History. Women's Studies students and researchers are given training in the use of the Archives.

Borthwick Institute for Archives

King's Manor Library

This library houses the University's collections in architecture, archaeology, medieval studies, conservation and stained glass. This is based in an historic building in the centre of York.

York Information Connections

York Information Connections, maintained by the Library, brings together Internet resources of relevance to staff and students of the university grouped by subject. The Women's Studies section provides links to websites and documents from academic institutions, libraries and archives, professional bodies and feminist organisations worldwide, especially to subjects particularly relevant to the research and teaching interests of staff and students. Descriptions are provided of the content and origin of each site.

Other academic libraries and archives

York Minister Library

This is the largest cathedral library in the country, with a collection of some 120,000 volumes

British Library Document Supply Centre

The University is approximately 30 minutes (by car) from the British Library at Boston Spa. This library contains the largest collection of current periodical literature in Western Europe, and its facilities are available to staff and postgraduate students, who may either visit the library (a free minibus service runs from the J B Morrell Library on a weekly basis), or make use of the University's Interlending and Document Supply Service, which arranges for books and periodicals to be brought to the J. B. Morrell Library for loan.

Further information about access to the BLDSC from York

SCONUL Research Extra

York is a member of SCONUL Research Extra, a borrowing scheme for researchers (i.e. staff, postgraduate research students and other accredited researchers, but not taught masters' students) across all higher education libraries institutions in the UK and Ireland in the scheme (currently 127 members).

Yorkshire Film Archive

The Yorkshire Film Archive contains over 5000 films from the late 19th and early 20th century to recent footage documenting over one hundred years of life in Yorkshire, and covering subjects ranging from agriculture to industry, from family life and education through to social issues and travel. The archive is located at York St John University College in the centre of York.

For further information contact Olivia Else.


Last Updated: September 5, 2016 |

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