The Meeting House library, located on the ground floor, is available to members and attenders whenever the Meeting House is open.  It aims to hold books (and some journals and other media) on subjects of interest to Friends.  The collection is divided into the following subjects:

  • Quakerism (Quaker thought and practice)
  • Biographies of Quakers
  • Quaker history
  • Quaker organisation and business practice
  • Swarthmore Lectures
  • Social concerns (e.g., climate change, poverty)
  • Peace testimony, non-violence and conscientious objection
  • Religion in general
  • Christianity
  • Bible and commentaries
  • Other faiths
  • Novels, poetry, etc. with a Quaker interest

Suggestions for additions are always welcome and can be given to the librarian, Paul Burton.  Recent additions are on display but they can be borrowed.  Notices of the latest additions and brief reviews are given below roughly once per month.

Latest additions

The following titles have been added to the Library recently.  (The letters at the end indicate the book’s shelf location).

Angell, Stephen and Dandelion, Pink (eds.)  The Cambridge companion to Quakerism.            Cambridge U.P.         2018    393p.   Q/ANG

Black, Alexandra et al.          Feminism is …  Penguin Random House        2019    160p. S/BLA

Green, Robert            Security without nuclear deterrence.         Aston Media  2010    272p.   P/GRE

Johnson, Maureen (ed.).       How I resist: activism and hope for a new generation.     Wednesday Books     2018    201p.   P/JOH

Murphy, Andrew        William Penn: a life     Oxford U.P.     2019    460p.   B/PEN

Newman, Cathy        Bloody brilliant women: the pioneers, revolutionaries and geniuses in in your history teacher forgot to mention.    Collins  2018            376p.   S/NEW

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