Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

The Library

The University Library houses around 800,000 volumes. Much of the information is available online with the electronic library providing an increasingly wide range of resources accessible to University staff and students. As well as general holdings in the humanities, sociology, and politics, there is a large collection of texts specifically on sexuality and gender. Among many other journals in the field, the library subscribes to Sexualities, GLQ, Genders, Women - A Cultural Review, The Feminist Review, and The Journal of Homosexuality. Among the Library's manuscript holdings, members of the Centre may be especially interested in the Virginia Woolf papers and the Mass Observation archive. The latter includes the National Gay and Lesbian Survey, which was begun in the mid-1980s by actor and writer Kenneth Barrow, and which involves around anonymous 200 diarists who give their thoughts about growing up, coming out, health, and political and social events. The Library also holds a wide range of documents and ephemeral material relating to sexuality and gender, including early gay liberation periodicals, pamphlets on the politics of sexual health, and publications by campaigning groups. Take a look at the Library website for more information.