Quakers have kept records faithfully since the very beginning of the Society. A meeting's library can be an excellent resource for those wishing to find out more about Quakerism or keep abreast of our faith and practice.
In addition to running the Library and archives of the Society of Friends, Library staff at Friends House provide advice and guidance to Friends who are responsible for their own meeting libraries and records.
The Library at Friends House can provide professional advice and guidance to help Friends run their meeting library. We have produced a series of guides, including an outline of the job, guidance on book selection, cataloguing and disposal of unwanted books, equipment, caring for collections, and promoting the meeting library. The guides are available to download below. Email email@example.com for more information.
Role of meeting librarian (PDF)
Selection and acquisition (PDF)
Cataloguing and arranging (PDF)
Equipment for a meeting library (PDF)
Caring for your books (PDF)
Promoting the meeting library (PDF)
Online resources for meeting librarians (PDF)
Disposing of unwanted books (PDF)
The Library at Friends House can provide professional advice and guidance on the creation, custody and use of Quaker records. Below are guides that provide information on the role of records custodian, the retention and disposal of records, and depositing records with appropriate repositories, among other topics.
Important message on safeguarding records retention from Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/115/view/20...
Voluntary Sector Toolkit for records management
The National Archives useful guide to archiving & retention for charities
Guides for meetings
Role of Records Custodian (Word)
Creation of Records (PDF)
Minutes and Papers (PDF)
Electronic Records (PDF)
Preservation and storage of records and archives (PDF)
Use and access to records and archives (PDF)
Depositing archives with appropriate repositories (PDF)
Disaster Planning (PDF)
Records equipment and suppliers (PDF)
Records Retention (PDF)
Retention schedules (PDF)
Example Retention Schedule (PDF)
Cloud services (PDF)
Please contact Lisa McQuillan via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 020 7663 1127 for information and advice.