George Stacey Gibson
who donated many books to the library
Saffron Walden Library was completely refurbished from top to bottom in 2006-7, and these photographs show some of the work in progress.
For historians the particular place to head is at the top of the stairs where the ERO Archive Access is situated. You can use the resources at any time the library is open, but if you need help, be sure to go on Tuesdays or Fridays, or on Saturday mornings, when Mrs Zofia Everett is there, as she is a mine of information and always very helpful to visitors.
Next door to her office, there is the Town Library, a remarkable resource of thousands and thousands of books, going back to Victorian times.
At various places there are also public computers where you can do internet research – free access to www.ancestry.com and other resources is available to anyone with a library ticket – just ask the staff for help in how to use it.
So there is plenty at Saffron Walden Library for historians, not to mention all the usual CDs, DVDs, newspapers and periodicals, etc – and books!
around the top floor before the balcony was put in place.
library with a new coat of paint after refurbishment in 2007
computer terminal wall being wired up
manager Jill Palmer in the main area of the library while work was
going on –
the staircase now in place.
staircase in place
archive assistant Zofia Everett (right) discussing her new office with
archivist Katharine Schofield and library manager Jill Palmer
floor of the library before the balcony was put in place
downstairs room formerly the children’s library, now used for
public reading area for newspapers and periodicals – outside
is a sitting area
archivist, Katharine Schofield, Zofia Everett the Saffron Walden
assistant, and archivist Jenny Butler at the opening of the new Access
Saffron Walden Library
the new skylight on the library roof
barriers around the top floor before the balcony was put in place.