The Library consists of some 3,000 volumes, both old and new, covering Northamptonshire and the former Soke of Peterborough. There are also many background historical works which have local as well as national relevance. Examples are Gardiner’s Histories of the Civil Wars (published in 1884 and 1893); the best edition of Collins’s Peerage of England by Brydges (published 1812); and the 28 volume History of Parliament, an unequalled source for British political, social and local history (published between 1964 and 2006).
Location and opening hours
The Library is located in the same building as the Northamptonshire Record Office; see the Contact page. It is open to members during the same hours as the Record Office:
Tuesday - Thursday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am to 12.15 pm (usually first and third Saturday each month)
Record Society staff are normally available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11.30 am and 3.30 pm.
Borrowing items from the collection
Many books are available for loan, though multi-volume works are generally for reference only. Up to four works may be borrowed at any one time; the loan period is two months which can be extended at the Librarian’s discretion.
Members can obtain access to the Library by showing their membership card at the Record Office reception.
Anyone wishing to have a tour of the Library should contact the Society’s Secretary.