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The Diocese of Gloucester’s Resource Centre is a lending library and information centre covering all aspects of Christian life, from Bible Study and worship to special events and festivals, as well as offering advice and support to help you choose the best resources for your needs. We also stock a wide range of books and other teaching materials to support schools with religious education (Christianity and other faiths), assemblies, Christian distinctiveness, SMSC and values education.
Please see our RE web pages for more information about resources on Christianity and other faiths covered by the Gloucestershire Religious Education syllabus for primary schools.
Easter holidays: open by appointment only Monday 10 to Friday 21 April.
Please contact us in advance to book an appointment.
Term time opening: Wednesday 4 January to Friday 7 April 2017
Monday: 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday: 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 5pm
Thursday: 2pm – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 1pm
Closed Bank Holidays. Opening times may vary during school holidays – please check back for details
Find the Resource Centre
The Resource Centre is in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral (accessed via Westgate Street). Parking is very limited, but there are several public car parks nearby (pay and display), as shown on this map. Please contact us if you would like more information about parking and access.
The postal address is 9 College Green, Gloucester. GL1 2LX. Please note that this postcode does not always work for satnavs!
Using the Resource Centre
Schools pay an annual subscription based on the number of pupils: please contact the Resource Centre for more information.
Membership of the Resource Centre is free to members of the Church of England living in the Diocese of Gloucester. Individuals from other denominations or from outside of the Diocese are asked to pay a small annual subsription as a contribution towards our running costs. This is currently £18 per year (April 2016). Please contact the Resource Centre if you would like more information about this.
We offer books, information, resources and equipment to support faith and ministry in parish churches, as well as the more practical side of church life. We also have a wide variety of useful and inspiring resources which may interest you, from stories about saints and biographies of modern famous Christians, to poems and artwork.
Our library catalogue, Oliver OPAC, gives a full index of what is available to borrow.
Scholarly and popular approaches to studying the Bible in more depth: study courses, Bible notes and commentaries, Lent courses, background reading, and other materials suitable for small group study, whether you are planning to meet regularly or as a one-off. Also good for individual study.
Something to help you prepare, from planning a whole service to giving a short talk. Our worship and liturgy resources include a wide spectrum of approaches, from the very traditional to the more informal, so that you can choose something suitable for your church. We have resources that follow the Common Worship lectionary, as well as material for special services and festivals.
We also have prayer books and books about prayer, covering different approaches to prayer which have been used by Christians throughout the ages, so there is plenty to choose from whether you are praying alone, in a small group, or leading the intercessions on Sunday.
CDs, hymn books and musicals for every occasion: hymns, songs, chants, classical music, children’s songs, backing tracks and instrumental music. The library catalogue (Oliver OPAC) entry for each CD includes the track listing, so that you can search for individual hymns and songs. More details on how to do this are included in the catalogue search guide.
Ideas and material for teaching and activities with children and young people: as well as things to read, there are lots of things to make and do! Story books, picture books, big books, board books, puppets, art and craft ideas, games, quizzes, holiday club ideas, music, drama and school assemblies.
Our puppets would love to come and visit the children in your church! No experience required, why not give them a try? Meet the puppets
For ministry with families, we have a range of resources about giving both practical and spiritual support, including our recently updated section on parenting skills.
Books, course packs and other resources to help you grow in your Christian faith: material suitable for small groups, large groups, individuals or whole churches. Books for personal reading and reflection, which may also be helpful as supplementary reading for preparing group Bible study sessions. We cover many aspects of Christian belief and lifestyle, including practical ethics, church leadership and evangelism. We have many lovely books from popular Christian writers such as David Adam, Nick Fawcett, Bob Hartman, Lucy Moore, Susan Sayers, Margaret Silf and Tom Wright.
Sometimes a short poem or reading is just what you need to express the mood at a special event or service. It’s also a good way of introducing a topic or getting a discussion started. We have lots of seasonal and general material to choose from, suitable for various age groups and settings.
If you prefer something visual, you can choose something from our collection of art books and posters.
We offer colour printing and photocopying at competitive rates, on a self-service basis, as well as comb-binding and laminating. Current rates for printing etc.