Get Pusey House Library Online

by Pusey Librarian in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Get Pusey House Library Online
We did it
On 9th November 2018 we successfully raised £2,595 with 20 supporters in 35 days

Help us to raise £2,200 towards getting records of the historic collections of the beautiful Pusey House Library online.

by Pusey Librarian in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Gosh! We hit our target! Well, you hit our target, actually. Thanks!


The whole project has direct costs of £100,000. What if you could help us get 10% of that???

About Pusey House Library

Dr Pusey by G RichmondPusey House was founded in 1884 as a monument to the life and work of Dr. Edward Bouverie Pusey (1880-1882), Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. The House supports the work of the University of Oxford by providing a chaplaincy together with a theology library of 75,000 volumes.

The Library and Archive consists of both special collections (early printing, specialised books and modern manuscripts) and a working academic library. Our archives are used by professional historians and theologians from across the world. We are closely associated with the University of Oxford, but are an independent charity whose collections are open to all.

Our Problem

At the moment, the main access to most of the Library's important collection is via a charming but not very user-friendly card catalogue. This means that people can only find out what books we have if they are already in the Library. Readers travel from all over the world to visit us, and we want people to be able to find out about our amazing books wherever they are.

Upper Library

Over the last two years we have uploaded records for 5,000 of our books onto Solo: the online catalogue we share with the Bodleian and Oxford University College libraries. But we have 75,000 books in our collections.

Our Solution

To create online access as soon as possible, the Library is employing two additional members of staff to work on a targeted high impact project to re-catalogue all 29,000 of our printed monographs. We have already received generous grants from the Foyle Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust, The Chichester Theological College Trust, the William Delafield Foundation and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church which will fund year one of a two-year project, but more money is still needed.

We are asking Pusey House Library supporters to help us by raising £2,200, 5% of one year's direct project costs


How you can help

Donate as much or as little as you like, but here are some suggested amounts:

  • £5 covers the direct costs of cataloguing 1 book
  • £50 will pay a member of project staff for half a day
  • £100 will pay one member of project staff for a whole day
  • £200 will pay all direct project costs for 24 hours

Check out our website and project blog to find out more.

Pusey House is a registered charitable organisation (charity number 247627).


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Catalogue a shelf

Your donation will catalogue 10 books, by paying for half-a-day of the cataloguer's time. Would you prefer morning or afternoon?

£5 or more

Catalogue a book

You have just given us enough money to catalogue 1 book*. One down, 28,999 to go! *It actually costs £5.63, but I reckon it's close enough.

£20 or more

A handful of books

You are paying for four books to get records onto Solo. Pick your favourites, and imagine it's those.

£100 or more

One whole day of the project

You have just paid the wages of one of the cataloguers for a whole day! P.S. Donations of £100 and over get a thank-you tweet. Unless you don't want one. We don't want to discourage you...

£250 or more

Half a Computer

We need to buy an extra PC, and you have just made the purchase 50% possible. Amazing! PS Donations of £250 and over are eligible for a thank you tweet AND a mention in the Library Newsletter. Who could resist an offer like that?

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