How well do you know the Gibson Library?

The Gibson Library Society has launched a questionnaire

The Gibson Library Society has launched a questionnaire to find out how many people are aware of the hidden historical treasure - Credit: The Gibson Library Society

People in Saffron Walden and surrounding villages are being asked whether they are aware of a hidden historical treasure on their doorstep.

The Gibson Library is an historic independent library in Saffron Walden, based in the same building as the public library in Market Place.

Questionnaires have been placed by the Gibson Library Society in the ECC Public Library, at the ERO Access Point, at the Saffron Walden Museum and in the Tourist Information Centre, to ascertain how many people know about this hidden gem.

Founded in 1832, the library has a rare and historic reference collection of around 25,000 books, along with 15,000 contemporary books and many items of local significance including maps and photographs. The library's treasures include medieval illuminated manuscripts, and illustrated books on birds, botany and travel.

The library is free of charge and open to all.