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 library has always had catalogues, but it is no longer possible to avoid them and go straight to the shelves. So here are a few words of explanation. We have about 18,000 books and pamphlets, not counting periodical parts. Of these: 6,600 are only in the card catalogue; 6,900 are only in the online catalogue; 4,500 are in both.

The card catalogue is kept in the public reading room at the Somerset Heritage Centre. The cards are arranged in a single alphabet, which includes all authors, many titles, and some subjects. Each of the main (usually author) entries includes a shelf number, and you should quote this number, as well as the book's title, when asking for the book to be produced in the Somerset Heritage Centre reading room.

Coming soon

The South West Heritage Trust is currently developing a new library catalogue that will include the SANHS collections. We hope this will be completed by 31 July 2016, but keep checking for further updates, as it might be completed sooner.


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