Ivan Saunders, Guild Librarian, alongside the library bookcases

The Guild has an extensive Library, said to be the third largest collection of ringing books in the world. It includes complete runs of Bell News, Church Bells and The Ringing World (except the issues 1916-1921). There are also many books on bells, change-ringing, tower maintenance and legal matters.

Indeed, it is more than just a library: it also holds the Guild’s Archives and other historical material. Many books can be borrowed, although some can only be consulted on site.

Visitors to the bookstall at a Leatherhead District Meeting

The library is housed in the crypt of Guildford Cathedral. Access is on the South side of the Cathedral, near the East end down a flight of stairs.

The Guild Librarian is Ivan Saunders, Assistant Librarian is Malcolm Loveday and Library Committee Member is Sally Schupke.

A Brief History

It was not until 1931 that a Committee was set up to create a Guild Library. The Library was then founded in 1933 as a result of the hard work that he had done already and the enthusiasm of Mr Charles Hazelden of St. Nicolas Guildford. A Sub-committee...

The Bookstall

Ivan Saunders also runs the Bookstall as a service of the Chertsey District to the Guild. The Bookstall is available at the Guild's AGM, the Holy Week Seminar, all District Nomination and Annual Meetings and at the main Striking Competitions. Below...

The Catalogue

The Library contains over 1300 items, mainly relating to bell ringing, but including some general literature. These were completely reclassified and stored in a database during the past four years as a result of which this new catalogue has been produced....