Library Borrowing Rules

The SANHS Library Collection (‘the SANHS Library’) was deposited at the Somerset Heritage Centre (‘the Heritage Centre’) in July 2010, under the terms of a Library Collection Agreement (‘the Agreement’) between SANHS and Somerset County Council (‘SCC’) dated 28 July 2010. Items from the SANHS Library are available for the public to consult at the Heritage Centre but not to borrow. The main components of the SANHS Library are summarised in the Standing Orders of the SANHS Library Committee.

The borrowing rules approved by SANHS Trustees and the Somerset County Council can be read by clicking here.


The society's library catalogue is now held as one of a suite of online catalogues hosted by South West Heritage Trust ( . The most direct route to the SANHS library is as Enter search terms as required, tick the SANHS box on the right-hand side of the screen to limit your search to the society's collection, and click the yellow Search button. For further information, click the Help button at the top of the page. The catalogue can be searched from a computer or device at home, in any public library, and in the reading room at the Somerset Heritage Centre itself.

The old card catalogue can be consulted there as well and remains largely accurate, but far from complete, as new additions have not been made to it for several years.

Each full catalogue entry for a society book includes its shelf number, usually a combination of letters and numbers, eg. AR12-1, or Gray 4-15, and this should be included on an order slip when asking for a book to be produced for reading or borrowing. Further help is readily to hand to personal callers in the reading room and by e-mail from [email protected]

Want lists for the library

The Library Committee wishes to anticipate offers of books from members who may be downsizing themselves, or clearing others’ estates. We are identifying books which we do not hold already, which do not justify outright purchase from our limited funds, but which would make worthwhile and welcome donations should they be offered. Click here to read the initial list of gaps in half-a-dozen major series. We intend to add others in due course.


Access to SANHS Library  (January 2019)

The Library committee have purchased book shelves for the SANHS room in the museum and these now have a collection of books for members to go and browse. They are all duplicates of what is available from the library at the H.C. and it is hoped to add to them when a further bookcase is obtained. This facility is only available to members on the days and times when the museum is open, Tuesday-Saturday and some Bank Holiday Mondays, 10-4.30.

Access must be booked prior to visiting by contacting Louisa, office manager to check the room isn’t in use for meetings. Your membership card must be produced at reception to enable you to access the room.

SANHS argued for the need to have a room in the museum when it was renovated and I hope that the membership will justify that argument. The amount of usage will be monitored and made known to the membership.

There is not a separate catalogue of what is on the shelves, although the books can be distinguished by shelfmarks starting with the letter M in the overall catalogue, but one of the complaints that was voiced when members lost free access to browse, was that they wanted the freedom to do so.

May I remind members that use of the SANHS room in the museum must be booked via Louisa at all times, and not by approaching the museum staff.


David Bromwich, Hon. Librarian, November 2018


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