The Urwick Library was formed in 1885 by Thomas Greenwood (1851-1908), the famous bibliographer-librarian, in honour of William Urwick (1826-1905), historian of Nonconformity and minister of Hatherlow Congregational Church in Romiley, Cheshire.
Although the Library was primarily intended for the congregation of Hatherlow Church, and for scholars attending its day or Sunday schools, other local residents were admitted as borrowers.
The historical value of the collection lies not so much in its wide-ranging content, as in the fact that it is one of the few 19th-century chapel libraries to have survived intact.
- Published catalogue, The Urwick Library, Founded on May 9th, 1885, by Thomas Greenwood, in Honour of the Rev. W. Urwick, M.A., who was Pastor of Hatherlow Chapel for 23 Years: Catalogue and Rules (Bredbury, 1902).
- Clive D. Field, 'Sources for the Study of Protestant Nonconformity in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 71, no. 2 (1989), pp. 110-11.