About The Library
The Library of Avalon is, to its Trustees’ knowledge, the only publicly-accessible esoteric library in the UK, perhaps even in Europe, but is not the only one in the world – there is a similar organisation in America.
A public reading-room is provided for the use of non-members, with full reference access to the displayed collections. All visitors are welcome. The opening hours include all weekday afternoons and more precise Library Opening Times can be found below. The Library reading-room is also available for hire for evening and morning events. The bookcases roll back to the walls, allowing more space and the room can seat 15 easily, with more chairs available nearby. A number of relevant magazines are provided.
The Library’s collections include, among about ten thousand books on display and several thousand more currently in storage, elements of the libraries of the Research into Lost Knowledge Organisation (RILKO) and the Wessex Research Group.
A unique classification system, developed and copyrighted in 1990, provides the Library with a very much higher subject resolution than could be obtained from the classical Dewey decimal classification system.
The Founders of the Library, a few other eminent local scholars, and major benefactors are Life Members of the Library.Membership, which allows borrowing, is available to all who live within a reasonable distance of the Library (and can, therefore, return books).
The Library receives regular support from its landlords, the Glastonbury Experience Trust, and from Messrs. Speaking Tree, who provide it with technical facilities.
Because of our substantial running costs and the difficulty of collecting regular subscriptions we are asking all our members and donors to consider making a standing order on the form supplied.
Geoffrey Ashe speaking at the 2006 conference