Gibson Library Society

President: Bruce Munro.
Chairman: Martyn Everett.

Among the features of which Saffron Walden has reason to be proud, a high place should be allotted to the Gibson Library; it offers the residents and visitors opportunities which are rarely found even in much larger towns.

The Library was administered by the Trustees of the Saffron Walden Literary & Scientific Institution for 134 years, until in 1968 it passed into the Trusteeship of the Essex County Council, and is still housed in the same premises.

It contains many rare and valuable books of the greatest interest both to researchers and to the ordinary reader, covering most periods and disciplines. There is a wealth of material particularly attractive to those undertaking Victorian Studies, which is being added regularly.

The Gibson Library Society was founded in 1982 (as the Saffron Walden Town Library Society) to encourage interest in, and support for, the Library, by arranging activities such as talks designed to widen knowledge of the Library and its contents. It also affords opportunities for members to meet others of similar interests, and particularly opportunities to give practical help in caring for this remarkable collection. The Library is affiliated to the Association of Independent Libraries.


© Gibson Library Society, 2004 & 2018-2022

AGM 2022

Our 2022 AGM will take place in May as normal, and happily this year as a face-to-face meeting, at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th May; details for the AGM are held on this page.

AGM 2021

Our 2021 AGM will take place in May as normal, but will be held for the second year as an online Zoom meeting on Wednesday 12th May; details for the AGM are held on this page.

AGM 2020

Our 2020 AGM should have taken place in May, but had to be postponed because of the Coronovirus meeting restrictions. We will now hold it as an online Zoom meeting on Wednesday 14th October; details for the AGM are held on this page.

Join us

The annual membership subscription is currently a minimum of £7. Further particulars of the Society's meetings are listed on this site, and applications for membership should be made using this form, which should be posted to:

The Treasurer, Gibson Library Society,
The Library,
2, King Street,
Saffron Walden,
Essex CB10 1ES

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