The BCPS Library

The BCPS Library contains over a thousand volumes of material on chess problems and endgame studies (books, periodicals, manuscript items). Members are entitled to visit the Library, either for research or for recreation, and subject to certain restrictions to borrow from it. The library is split between two locations as described in the following paragraph.

Books and general archive material are with Steve Giddins (the Librarian) in Rochester, while magazines are housed with Brian Stephenson (the Magazine Curator) in Sheffield. At present Brian also holds a number of archive items, particularly composers’ and collectors’ scrapbooks and part of the White-Hume Collection, but it is anticipated that the scrapbooks will eventually be transferred to Rochester, once the problems they contain have been entered onto Brian’s Meson Chess Problem Database.

Both library holders welcome queries from members, by post or via the ‘Contact’ item in the menu above. In the event that members are unsure to whom a particular query should be directed, please contact Steve Giddins in the first instance. Both library-holders welcome visitors by appointment, and photocopies or scans of library material can be made available, within reason, for a small charge.

The current version of the Library catalogue is dated 20 January 2011 and comprises 198 pages of text. It can be downloaded from here by clicking on one of the filenames below. The following formats are available:-

libcat.txt A plain text file of 570,416 bytes. As this is a plain text file, when you left-click on the file name, your browser will display it. Right-click on the file name to download the file.
libcat.zip A zipped file of 183,634 bytes for quicker download. Righ-click on the file name to download the file. To read this you will need to have unzipping software such as WinZip.

Recent additions to the library since 2011 have not been added to the above catalogue, but they can be viewed by clicking on Recent library additions in the menu on the left.

In due course, the library catalogue will be transferred to a database and be searchable here on this website.

Any member who would like a copy of the catalogue and cannot conveniently download one from the Internet should contact the Librarian via the ‘Contact’ menu item above or at this snail-mail address:

Steve Giddins
BCPS Honorary Librarian
4 Fennel Close
Kent ME1 1LW

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