The British Region Library is currently suspended while we attempt to find a new custodian for it. The previous librarian, Calvin Everitt, has stepped down regrettably after many years in the role as he needs the space that it takes up in his home. British Region urgently needs a new librarian to take over custody. In the meantime no lending is being processed. If current borrowers wish to return books they can do so by returning them to Keith Webb, or alternatively they can hold on to them pending the appointment of a new librarian.
An alternative to a library in one location will be the distribution of books to members who specialise in certain railroads and can provide additional advice on the roads being researched. News of any re-launch of the Library in any form will be announced in Roundhouse, BRe-news and this website.
In the meantime, the Library is being rationalised and the books we feel are most unlikely to be requested, or are too obscure or specialised, are being offered to the membership under a silent bid system. You will find details on this link and in the August issue of Roundhouse. Please note the deadline for any bids.
There are around 200 titles devoted to American Model Railroading topics and over 500 Prototype titles. The 13 NMRA produced Videos cover all major subjects in model railroading. The Tape-Slide Clinics number around 70 and cover major subjects too, but also deal with some of the more esoteric aspects of the hobby.
Another aspect of the Library is the magazine collection. However, as many titles are available on-line (Model Railroading and Railmodel Journal) and the Region has purchased all past Model Railroaders on DVD, magazines are being disposed of as they become less relevant and take up a large proportion of the space. Certain titles will be sent complete to some members who will continue to make them available on request (Railroad Model Craftsman, Prototype Modeller and Mainline Modeler). Again more information will be made available when it is to hand.
On joining the Association new members are presented with a Directory listing all the Library's books, facilities and the rules governing the borrowing procedure.