The Gage Library was built in 1994 to provide a local history centre for the Forest of Dean and to create a dedicated paper store for the museum's collection of archives and books.
The library houses a major bequest from Laurie Gage, an enthusiastic antiquarian book dealer and supporter of the Heritage Centre. The bequest consists of over 2,000 books and maps relating to the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire. The gift of this superb collection gave impetus to the establishment of the library.
The rest of the museum's archive and photographic collection is also housed in the library. Items may be consulted during times when the library is open. Material is not available for loan.
The funds needed to create the library were provided by the Area Museum Council for the South West, the Ernest Cook Trust, Friends of the Dean Heritage Museum Trust and many individual donations.
The Gage Library is open twice a week for researchers and staffed by trained volunteers. However, those wishing to use the library are advised to ring the Centre prior to their visit. Use of the library is subject to the normal admission charge.
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