The Library

The SGS Library and Archive is a unique and wide-ranging collection developed over the course of more than three centuries. As a result of gifts, bequests and purchases, the library contains extensive holdings in archaeology, numismatics, history, genealogy, heraldry, theology, medicine, botany and zoology, as well as numerous 18th, 19th and 20th century periodicals and reference works. Highlights of the collection include:
- The Society's eighteenth-century antiquarian and scientific library of more than 1000 books and pamphlets
- The seventeenth-century parish library of St Mary and St Nicholas
- An extensive collection of books on the history of South Lincolnshire and the Fens
- Manuscript collections relating to the Society's foundation and the activities of its members in the period 1710-1760
- Civic, business, organizational and family archives from Spalding and surrounding parishes dating back to the late Middle Ages - Medieval manuscripts and incunabula
- The genealogical and heraldic library of Everard Green (1844-1926), Rouge Dragon and Somerset Herald
- The art library, drawings and paintings of George W. Bailey (1880-1955)

Visiting Researchers
The Society welcomes researchers who wish to make use of its collections. The library is accessible during the Society's regular Monday opening hours and at other times by appointment. Researchers interested in books printed before 1900, or in archival material, should contact the library in advance of their visit to ensure that material will be available.
For those unable to visit on a Monday or who require a longer working day, individual arrangements can often be made with the Librarian.

Research Inquiries and Services
Library staff and volunteers are happy to provide information on the Society's holdings. If your query involves more in-depth research we can sometimes offer the research services of a volunteer with relevant experience and expertise. In such cases, we request that you consider making a donation to support our work to preserve and conserve the library and archive collections for future generations.

Dr Dustin M. Frazier Wood, Honorary Librarian
Ms Marion Brassington, Deputy Librarian

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