THE University of Chester has announced a strategic partnership with one of the most important research libraries in Wales.
Gladstone’s Library, based in Hawarden, is now an associate research library of the university’s Faculty of Humanities.
The residential library, which boasts an outstanding collection of more than 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects, has been recognised as the most important research library and collection in Wales after the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Specialising in the subject areas of theology and Victorian studies, the unique collection is kept up-to-date with the latest publications, which readers can browse on open shelves.
Professor Robert Warner, Dean of Humanities, said: “Our students and staff particularly appreciate Gladstone’s Library as a wonderful oasis for study, quiet reflection and writing.
“The library has outstanding holdings in religion, political history and literature, reflecting Gladstone’s own interests and is kept up to date with continued investment.
“The faculty also has considerable strengths in these areas. Our departments of English, history, theology and religious studies lead the way for national student satisfaction and also enjoy a rapidly growing research reputation. We look forward to working more closely with Gladstone’s Library in future.”
Peter Francis, warden of Gladstone’s Library, added: “The library has often been called ‘a scholar’s haven’. It is certainly a creative place with more than 500 books which have been written or researched here since 2000.
“I am looking forward to this exciting new venture being equally creative and beneficial to both the University of Chester and Gladstone’s Library. Both institutions are Gladstone foundations and I can’t help thinking the grand old man, William Gladstone, would be rather pleased.”
The university and Gladstone’s Library plan to develop an increasing range of joint events, both for day visitors and as residential conferences. These events will be publicised through the websites of both the library and the university.