OLRC holds over 200,000 items, encompassing religious studies, social sciences and humanities. Individual collections include:
A research collection of some 100,000 predominantly Russian-language monographs, periodicals, online resources and microfilm archives.
European Documentation Collection (EDC)
A collection of some 10000 items published by the European Commission, covering all aspects of the European Union's policies and governance. This collection is in a closed access stack.
German Documentation Collection (GDC)
A collection of some 3000 predominantly German- language monographs and periodicals, covering post 1945 German politics, and foreign and economic policy.
Covers major subjects such as: Qur'an, Tafsir, Sunnah, Hadith, Fiqh, Arabic language and literature, Islamic history, Sufism and comparative studies.
This collection in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, covers religion in Asia, including Christian theology and mission.
Availability of materials
Pressure on space dictates that some material is housed in closed access stacks. Material from the stacks has to be collected by library staff, and may not be immediately available. Visitors are advised to contact the library in advance to check on the availability of material.
The Mingana collection of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts, plus the Harold Turner collection of documents on the subject of African Initiated Churches, previously housed in the OLRC, are now located in the Cadbury Research Library.
Posters and maps from the Baykov Collection are also now located in the Cadbury Research Library. OLRC is also home to part of the Eton Myers Collection.