Visitors to the Library at the University of Bradford will often come across references to “Commonweal” and maybe wonder what this means. Wonder no more!
Commonweal means “the good of all”. The Commonweal Library is an independent peace library run by Trustees and volunteers. Commonweal is located within the main Library of the University of Bradford (handily just outside my office on Floor 1!) and is a treasure trove of books, journals and pamphlets on protest, social change, religions, ideas, and much much more. Its extraordinary collections of campaign archives are part of Special Collections.
“Befriending Commonweal Peace Library“, a feature in the most recent issue of Peace News, is a great introduction to Commonweal’s fascinating story. The author of the feature, Michael Randle, encourages activists and academics interested in nonviolent protest to make use of Commonweal’s wonderful resources.
Commonweal, like Special Collections, is for everyone. Unlike Special Collections, however, Commonweal is open access: you don’t need an appointment and you can explore the shelves to your heart’s content.
Find out more:
- Commonweal’s website, including information about how to join.
- Catalogue of Commonweal’s collections
- Commonweal Archives and other peace-related Special Collections.
- A Library for Peace: the Commonweal Story