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 & 2018-2024

AGM 2024

Our 2024 AGM will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 15th May in the Library; details for the AGM are held on this page.

AGM 2023

Our 2023 AGM took place in May as normal, as a face-to-face meeting, at 7:30pm on Wednesday 10th May; 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

If you wish to set up a Standing Order, use the information on the form to set this up online on your bank account if at all possible (as we no longer have the banks in Saffron Walden where we can take the forms). Please still complete the form and send it to us via the Library as this is how we can obtain the Gift Aid Reclaim.

Our Privacy Notice is included here.