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).

Brown, David and Brown, Rosemary.   Living adventurously: experiencing Quaker testimonies in Spirit and in the world. [Booklet 15].  The Kindlers, 2019   Q/BRO

Cohn-Sherbook, Dan, Chrysaides, George D. and Usama, Hasan   People of the book: an interfaith dialogue about how Jews, Christians and Muslims understand their sacred scriptures.  Jessica Kingsley, 2019  O/COH

Durham, Geoffrey .  What do Quakers believe? [Quaker Quicks].  Christian Alternative, 2018  Q/LAM

Grant, Rhiannon.  Telling the truth about God. [Quaker Quicks].  Christian Alternative,   2019.  Q/GRA

Holloway, Richard.  Waiting for the last bus: reflections on life and death.   Canongate, 2019  R/HOL

Seaton, Anthony.  Farewell, King Coal: from industrial triumph to climate disaster. Dunedin, 2018    S/SEA

Stott, Rebecca.   In the days of rain: a daughter, a father, a cult.   Fourth Estate, 2017    S/STO

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