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The Research Library is an extraordinary resource. It is available to the general public by appointment. Books, journals and articles can not be lent, but they can be read in the comfort of the Archive and Study Centre's Users' Room. To arrange a visit, contact the archivist here.
What do we hold
The core of the collections consists of books, dissertations and theses, periodicals, articles and other publications related to therapeutic community and planned environment therapy, group therapies, and progressive/democratic/alternative education generally. There is a wide variety of material, from an original copy of the 1945 Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic which announced the term "therapeutic community", to a set of storybook audiocassette tapes of Enid Blyton's Naughtiest Girl in the School. With much in between.
Surrounding the core collections are concentric circles of related and supporting publications: on intentional communities; on prisons, legal systems and penal reform; on psychology and psychotherapy; on medical and child care history; on the history, theory and practice of education - and more.
Where does it come from
The Research Library has grown through purchases, and also through gifts. The donation of individual items and entire personal and professional libraries has created a unique and extraordinarily rich collection, including in whole or in part libraries of the Henderson Hospital, Isabel Menzies Lyth, George Lyward, Robin Benians, Harold Bridger, Josephine Lomax-Simpson... and many more.
For lists of the collections and donors, and to engage in a flight of creative imagination, see "Co-creating a community's Research Library".
The Library also actively augments the resources which are available to the public by
- compiling and publishing bibliographies and indexes,
- commissioning and publishing original material, and
- making theses, book chapters and a variety of other publications available online.
There is no online catalogue available for the Research Library, but there are guides to several collections.