[Bell Historians] Finding copies of 'rare' books

Robert Lunn robert_de7 at y...
Wed Sep 18 21:39:25 BST 2002

I live at Derby but work in and around Bedford.I
brought some books last year from the bookshop at
Whitney. I have and use Nottingham university library
a lot but they have no books on bells they have gone
missing. Sailsbury library has quite a few some hand
written which I think have not been published but it
is a long way to go. I have traveled to libraries in
the past after ringing them only to find when I have
got there they have been unable to find the books.
If any one does know of any good place to go I am
prepered to travel a resonable distance.
--- Bill Hibbert <bill at h...> wrote: 

Robert Lunn:<BR>
> I have tried to get my hands on books at
> but find a lot have disappeared and the price
> want from secondhand book shops is beyond my
Where do you live? The British Library in London is of
course <BR>
excellent. You can get a 6-month reader's ticket if
you can persuade <BR>
them your research is legitimate (it worked for me a
couple of years <BR>
ago, I later managed to get a five year ticket.) You
can order books <BR>
over the net for delivery to a desk in a couple of
days time.<BR>
In Manchester, I have found the Central Library
absolutely excellent <BR>
for the more historical stuff (for instance, they have
copies of The <BR>
Pall Mall Magazine from which I photocopied Simpson's
papers). They <BR>
are not so good on recent books as I think budget cuts
have limited <BR>
their purchasing power.<BR>
Elsewhere in the country it is worth approaching
university <BR>
libraries, for instance I know that some of the Oxford
libraries <BR>
admit non-members of the university.<BR>
Also, some bellringing organisations have quite good
libraries, some <BR>
catalogues are published on the net to make things
easier to find.<BR>
I think it's always possible to find a copy of a book
you need <BR>
somehow, it just sometimes takes a bit of time. At a
pinch, I'm sure <BR>
members of this list will copy stuff for you (I have a
copy of <BR>
Elphick's Sussex book) provided it doesn't become too
much of a habit!<BR>
Good hunting!<BR>
Bill H<BR>


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