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The Armitt Museum & Library www.armitt.com

  1. Deborah Walsh, Curator

  2. Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL

  3. tel: 01539 431 212 / email: info@armitt.com

  4. Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00

  5. Membership not required, fee (small).

  6. Open to all, consultation of manuscript or original art work by appointment only


The Athenaeum Liverpool www.theathenaeum.org.uk

  1. Mr V de P Roper, KSG MA BSc FCLIP

  2. Church Alley, Liverpool L1 3DD

  3. tel: 01517 097 770 / email: library@theathenaeum.org.uk

  4. Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 13.00-16.00

  5. Postal enquiries welcome. Research facilities may be available subject to application in writing to the Chairman of the Library Sub-Committee.


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute www.brlsi.org

  1. Dr Peter Ford, Education Committee Member

  2. 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

  3. tel: 01225 312 084 / email: admin@brlsi.org

  4. Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Exhibitions are open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

  5. Open to visitors and researchers by appointment - enquiries by letter


Birmingham and Midland Institute www.bmi.org.uk

  1. Mr Philip Fisher, Administrator & General Secretary

  2. 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

  3. tel: 0121 236 3591 / email: admin@bmi.org.uk

  4. Monday to Friday 10.00- 18.00

  5. Some areas open to the public. Research facilities available at the discretion of the Administrator by prior appointment.


Bishopsgate Institute Reference Library www.bishopsgate.org.uk

  1. Stefan Dickers, Library and Archives Manager

  2. 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

  3. tel: 02073 929 270 / email: library@bishopsgate.org.uk

  4. Monday to Thursday 10.00-17.30, Friday 10.00-14.00, Saturday 10.00-17.30

  5. The Library is open to everyone, with no membership required. All visitors are welcome to explore our varied collections.


Bradford Mechanics Institute Library http://bradfordmechanicsinstitute.weebly.com/

  1. Diane Brown, Administrator

  2. 76 Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1SZ

  3. tel:01274 722 857/bmi-library@talktalk.net

  4. Tuesday to Friday 9.30-16.00,Saturdays 9.30-12.00 noon

  5. Annual Membership Subscription rates: Individual £27.50; Joint £36; Trial 6 months half normal price


Bromley House Library www.bromleyhouse.org

  1. Carol Barstow BSc DipLib MA MCLIP, Librarian

  2. Bromley House, Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL

  3. tel: 01159 473 134

  4. Monday to Friday 9.30- 17.00, Saturday 9.30-12.30. Closed Saturdays in August and Bank Holiday Saturdays

  5. Researchers and other visitors welcome by prior appointment


Central Catholic Library

  1. Teresa Whitington, Librarian

  2. 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

  3. tel: 003531-6761264 / email: catholiclibrary@upcmail.ie

  4. Monday to Friday 11.00-18.00, Saturday 11.00-17.30

  5. Both visitors and researchers welcome. We are a nationally valuable resource for researchers, particularly in the area of Irish religious history.

Chawton House Library www.chawtonhouselibrary.org

  1. Dr Darren Bevin, Librarian

  2. Chawton, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SJ

  3. tel: 01420 541010/ Fax: 01420 595900/ email: info@chawtonhouselibrary.org

  4. Anyone with a genuine interest can consult the collection in the reading room for free providing advance notice is given to the Librarian. The reading room is open on weekdays throughout the year.

  5. The building itself is also to the public, usually between March and October, for a charge. Check the website for opening details and prices.


Chetham's Library www.chethams.org.uk

  1. Michael Powell, Librarian

  2. Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB

  3. tel: 0161 834 7961 / email: librarian@chethams.org.uk

  4. Monday- Friday 9.00-12.30 & 13.30-16.30; the library is closed on public holidays and between Christmas and New Year

  5. Open daily to casual visitors. Readers wishing to consult material must make an appointment.


The Devon & Exeter Institution www.devonandexeterinstitution.org

  1. 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ

  2. tel: 01392 251 017 (library) / email: info@devonandexeterinstitution.org

  3. Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00

  4. Postal and telephone enquiries; one-off reference use to bona fide researchers.


Gladstone's Library www.gladstoneslibrary.org

  1. Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research

  2. Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF

  3. tel: 01244 532 350 / email: enquiries@gladlib.org

  4. Open to Residents daily 9.00-22.00; Open to Day readers Monday-Saturday 9.00-18.00

  5. Day readers required to provide 2 forms of ID, one with a recent photograph and one with proof of address. There is a small exhibition on W.E. Gladstone open to the public

  6. Readers wishing to book accommodation should contact the venue to check availability.


The Guildford Institute www.guildford-institute.org.uk

  1. Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH

  2. tel: 01483 562 142 / email: library@guildford-institute.org.uk

  3. Tuesday-Friday 10.00-15.00, Saturday 10.00-14.00

  4. Non-member library enquiries to the Librarian by telephone, email, letter or in person


The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution www.hlsi.net

  1. Margaret Mackay, Librarian

  2. 11 South Grove, Highgate Village, London N6 6BS

  3. tel: 020 8340 3343 / email: librarian@hlsi.net

  4. Tuesday-Friday 10.00-17.00; Saturday 10.00-16.00 (Closed one week for Easter & Christmas and three weeks in August)

  5. Open to the public for reference only; lending and other services to members; research facilities by prior appointment


Ipswich Institute Reading Room and Library www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk

  1. Hugh Pierce, General Manager

  2. 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3AA & Admiral's House, 13 Tower Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3BG

  3. tel: 01473 253 992 / email: library@ipswichinstitute.org.uk

  4. Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday 9.00-16.00 (Closed Bank Holidays & Easter Saturday)

  5. Visitor enquiries welcome.


Langholm Library www.langholm-online.co.uk

  1. Mrs Margaret Hall, Chairwoman

  2. 3 Walter Street, Langholm, Dumfriesshire DG13 0AX

  3. Tuesday 10.00-12.00, Thursday 19.00-21.00, Friday 10.00-12.00

  4. Researchers and visitors welcome (at other times to above by appointment); postal enquiries require a stamped SAE and a little patience.


The Leeds Library www.theleedslibrary.org.uk

  1. Andrew Morrison, Chief Executive Officer

  2. 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL

  3. tel: 01132 453 071 / email: enquiries@theleedslibrary.org.uk

  4. Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday 9.30-13.00

  5. Individual researchers by prior appointment (please bring a letter of introduction from an appropriate institution or a professional person); group visits by arrangement, participation in Heritage Open Days in September.

Leighton Library www.leightonlibrary.org.uk

  1. Ms Helen Beardsley, Honorary Librarian

  2. Dr Graeme Young, Honorary Custodian

  3. The Cross, Dunblane, Perthshire, FK15 0AQ

  4. tel: 01786 467236 (Honorary Librarian)/ email: archives@stir.ac.uk

  5. tel: 01786 822305 (Honorary Custodian)/ email: graeme1903young@googlemail.com

  6. May – September, Mon. – Sat., 11am – 1pm. Books may also be consulted by appointment at other times at Stirling University Library.

  7. Contact Stirling University Library to arrange study access to books (archives@stir.ac.uk)

  8. Tours by appointment; occasional lectures.


Library of Innerpeffray www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk

  1. Lara Haggerty

  2. Innerpeffray, by Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland PH7 3RF

  3. tel: 01764 652 819 / email: info@innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk

  4. Wednesday-Saturday 10.00-12.45 & 2.00-16.45; Sunday 14.00-16.00 (Closed November to end February)

  5. Open to the general public, admission price £5, groups welcome, researchers encouraged.


The Linen Hall Library www.linenhall.com

  1. Samantha McCombe, Librarian

  2. 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GD

  3. email: s.mccombe@linenhall.com

  4. Monday-Friday 9.30-17.30; Saturday 9.30-16.00

  5. Reference use by non-members


The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne www.litandphil.org.uk

  1. Kay Easson, Librarian

  2. 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SE

  3. tel: 01912 320 192 / email: library@litandphil.org.uk

  4. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30-19.00; Tuesday 9.30-20.00; Friday 9.30-17.00, Saturday 9.30-13.00

  5. The Lit & Phil is open to the general public and the collections may be consulted by all. There are two members' rooms but these can be visited by request.


The London Library www.londonlibrary.co.uk

  1. Gillian Turner MA MCLIP, Head of Acquisitions

  2. 14 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LG

  3. tel: 02079 307 705 / email: enquiries@londonlibrary.co.uk or membership@londonlibrary.co.uk

  4. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9.30-20.00; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9.30-17.30

  5. Short-term reference tickets available on application, for one day or one week, but without borrowing rights. Visiting parties welcome by arrangement or please check our website for further opportunities to visit.


The Morrab Library www.morrablibrary.org.uk

  1. Annabelle Read, Librarian

  2. Morrab House, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4DA

  3. tel: 01736 364 474 /

  4. Tuesday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday 10.00-13.00

  5. Visitors welcome (£3.00/day); Archive consultation (£5.00); postal enquiries charged according to work done.


The Plymouth Athenaeum www.plymouthathenaeum.co.uk

  1. Mr. Richard Wilcockson, Chairman of the Library Committee

  2. Derry's Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW

  3. tel: 01752 266 079 / email: bussec@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk

  4. Monday-Friday 10.00-17.00, on application to the Library Chairman, Mr. Richard Wilcockson. Additional opening times to allow for Athenaeum activities and lettings

  5. Large amount of research work. Visitors allowed on request.


Plymouth Proprietary Library www.theppl.org.uk

  1. Ms Chloe Adams, Mr. John Horton, Library Assistants

  2. Alton Terrace, 111 North Hill, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8JY

  3. tel: 01752 660 515 / email: admin@theppl.org.uk

  4. Monday 10.30-19.00, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10.00-12.30; closed Wednesday & Sunday

  5. Visitor enquiries welcome; research facilities by prior appointment

  6. On street pay & display parking available and good local bus service.


The Portico Library www.theportico.org.uk

  1. Emma Marigliano, Librarian

  2. 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY

  3. tel: 0161 236 6785 / email: librarian@theportico.org.uk

  4. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30-16.30, Thursday 9.30-19.30, Saturday 11.00-15.00

  5. Gallery space, exhibitions and events open to the public during opening hours. Researchers by arrangement. Postal and telephone enquiries welcome.


Saffron Walden Town Library Society www.townlib.org.uk

  1. Jill Palmer

  2. 2 King Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1ES

  3. tel: 01788 523 178 / email: jill.palmer@essexcc.gov.uk

  4. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 9.00-19.00, Saturday 9.00-17.00

  5. The Library is open to the general public but researchers and other visitors are requested to make a prior appointment.


Sybil Campbell Library www.winchester.ac.uk/library

  1. David Farley

  2. Library, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hants SO22 4NR

  3. tel: 01962 827 306 / email: libenquiries@winchester.ac.uk

  4. Visitors/Researchers by appointment.


Tavistock Subscription Library tavistocksubscriptionlibrary.co.uk

  1. Simon Dell MBE, Honorary Secretary

  2. Court Gate, Guildhall Square, Tavistock, Devonshire PL19 0AE

  3. tel: 07845 176870

  4. Visitors and Researchers are welcome by arrangement. The library holds occasional open days, and the public are invited to Friday morning coffee mornings where they can learn more.


Thomas Plume's Library www.thomasplumeslibrary.co.uk

  1. Erica Wylie, Librarian

  2. Thomas Plume's Library, c/o Maldon Town Council, Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex CM9 4RL

  3. tel: 01621 854 850 / email: info@thomasplumeslibrary.co.uk

  4. Tuesday-Thursday 14.00-16.00, Saturday 10.00-12.00

  5. No appointment necessary, but for groups there is a maximum of ten and they must book in advance


The Thoresby Society www.thoresby.org.uk

  1. Eveleigh Bradford, Honorary Librarian

  2. The Leeds Library, Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

  3. tel: 07400 443 128 / email: library@thoresby.org.uk (email preferred)

  4. The library is currently (January 2016) closed following removal. Check the website for re-opening information.

  5. When the library re-opens, prior notice of a visit is essential for access to archive material: enquiries may be made by email or post.


Westerkirk Parish Library

  1. Mrs M Sanderson

  2. Bentpath, Langholm, Dumfriesshire DB13 0PB

  3. 19.00 to 20.00 on the 1st Monday of each month. Can be opened by arrangement.


Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, Library and Archives www.whitbymuseum.org.uk

  1. Steve Barnard, Honorary Librarian and Archivist

  2. Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

  3. tel: 01947 602 908 / email: library@whitbymuseum.org.uk

  4. February-Christmas: Tuesday-Friday 10.00-13.00; 1st Sunday of the month (except January) 14.00-16.00

  5. Visitors/Researchers welcome to walk-in but by appointment is preferred


Working Class Movement Library www.wcml.org.uk

  1. Lynette Cawthra, Library Manager

  2. 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

  3. tel: 0161 736 3601 / email: enquiries@wcml.org.uk

  4. Visit the library

  5. Admission is free to all. The reading room is open by appointment Tuesday-Friday 10-5 and the first Saturday of each month 10-4.

  6. Drop-in visitors are welcome Wednesday-Friday 1-5pm. Hour-long tour of the library on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm and the first Saturday of most months at 11.30am - book ahead.