Through past effort on the part of missionaries, bishops and others, the Library has materials that date back to the early years when Methodism was introduced to Singapore in 1885.

Over the years, more materials were added through acquisition, duplication and donation, although at the same time, many records were lost during the Japanese occupation and also through neglect and ignorance in the past.

We have today, a modest but rich source of information about our past, as well as a fairly comprehensive library of Wesleyan theology.

Our holdings are classified as follows:-


This is a small collection of books, records, etc., that once belonged to the then Methodist Episcopal Church, Singapore and past missionaries. It also includes items donated by some members and local leaders. Of special interest is a Church Record book that dates back to 1895 and consists of church/historical records of probationers, marriages, baptisms, etc.
This category comprises audio tapes, video-tapes, CD-ROMs, DVDs and VCDs classified into various series i.e. Annual Reports, Conference, Documents, Journals/Minutes, Lectures/Talks, Music/Songs, Oral History, Photos, Plays/Dramas and Others.

Audiovisual materials
Biographical Files
These relate to write-ups on some individuals done in the past which together with recent additional research on others form a data bank of Methodist personalities.
Books & Publications
  There are about 6,200 volumes on the shelves classified into Methodist History, Church History, Library and language lines (Chinese, Malay and Tamil):-
Methodist History – John and Charles Wesley’s primary works and secondary works on them, books on Methodist History in South East Asia, Methodist doctrine and theology, Methodist biographies, Proceedings of Wesley Historical Society, Methodist History, Conference Journals, Disciplines of the Methodist/Episcopal Church (1796-2000); books
Books & Publications  
Church History – Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church – First and Second Series, Patrology (Vols. I to IV), The Creed of Christendom;
Library - Malaysia/Methodist Message from 1891 to present, Methodist Schools’ Annual Magazines, Church publications, and books on various Christian topics;
Chinese Section – Southern Bell from 1934 to 1986, Church publications, CAC publications, biographies and other books on various Christian topics;
Malay Section – Various titles including some of William Shellabear’s work;
Tamil Section – The smallest section with books on Public worship and Christian education.
Documents and Records of MCS
These relate to documents and records of MCS in original (where available and lodged with the Library) comprising early committee minutes, etc.
This is a collection of 150 microfilms. Of these, 64 reels relate to our materials, 26 relate to Missionary Files and Correspondence (1885-1948) purchased from the General Commission of Archives & History (GCAH), U.S.A., 53 are on Mission Biographical Reference Files (1880s-1969) and 7 are of The Gospel In All Lands, a Missions/Evangelical Periodical authored by the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1880-1903).
These total over 3,200 and are of personalities, institutions and events with some going back to the late 1890s.

Special Collection
These are materials donated by former missionaries and their families and consist of print materials, photographs and others. Cataloging of these is still in progress.
We welcome donations of materials that are of significant Methodist archival, historical and research value. However, we reserve the right to refuse donations that are inappropriate for the library collections or do not meet our collection policies.