The Collection

The trustees are always pleased to assist bona fide scholars with their research. General information about the library’s collections may be found in A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales, rev. edn. ed. Michael Perkin (London, 2004), pp 326-29, and in Andrea Thomas and Hilary Ely, ‘The Cranston Library, Reigate: The First Three Hundred Years’, Library and Information History, vol. 27 no. 4, Dec. 2011, pp 246-54.

There is no online catalogue but information about the library’s holdings may be obtained from the following sources:

Bibliotheca Reigatiana: Catalogue of the Public Library at Reigate (Reigate, 1893). Copies may be found in the British Library, Surrey History Centre (Woking) and the Bodleian Library.

A microfiche version of the library’s card index catalogue (1982) may be found in the National Library of Scotland, Cambridge University Library, the Bodleian Library, and Surrey History Centre.

N R Ker and A J Piper, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, iv (Oxford, 2003), pp198-204

Donald Goddard Wing, Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in … 1641-1700, 2nd edn. (New York, 1972-88) lists some Cranston books under ‘Reigate Public Library’.

English Short Title Catalogue: estc.bl.uk also lists some books under ‘Reigate Public Library’.