We are a thriving Independent Historic Library and Educational Charity, welcoming new members of all ages.
We are open as usual: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Contact us:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Families and Junior Members

We look forward to welcoming you

Saturdays at the Institution

We are now open on Saturdays and many of our activities are family friendly, free and open to all.

Please see our full events programme  or join in with our Invitation to Create online programme.

Bookworms Club

We run a monthly Saturday morning club for Junior Members aged 5-8 and their adults.  Bookworms takes place on the third Saturday of the month from 10.30 am – 12 noon.  Please see Lifelong Learning and Community page for the current programme.

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Children and young people under 18 are able to join the Institution as Junior Members for just £1 per month (£12 annual membership) and can access the Institution’s collection and facilities during opening hours.    Children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent / carer.

Wednesday Tours

The Institution is open to the general public on a Wednesday afternoons  between 1.00 and 4.00 pm and families are able to take a guided tour of the library.


For further information please contact the office:   [email protected]


Children under 11 years old must be accompanied by a parent / carer and we ask that parent / carers remain on site for events and workshops. 

Children between the ages of 11-16 years old may visit the institution unaccompanied but must make themselves known as an ‘unaccompanied minor’ at the reception desk.    We will then follow our Safeguarding policy to support your visit.

Young people between the ages of 16-18 years old may visit independently.