With its floor-to-ceiling bookcases, this is a unique and intimate meeting space on the ground floor of the Institute building. The Library is suitable for small meetings of up to 6 people that do not require audio-visual equipment. It is also ideal for anyone looking for a ‘work from home but not from home’ space.

The Library is open to the public three times a week: Wednesday – 1pm to 4pm, Thursday and Friday – 9.30am to 12.30pm. Outside of these hours, the space is available for private hire. 

The Library: Floor-to-ceiling bookcases with a table and chairs, seating area and fireplace
The Library: Two wooden chairs with yellow cushions and a small round table
The Library: Six people sat at a table having a meeting, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

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 2022 Prices Standard Users Registered Charity
  £ £
Day (9am to 5pm) 115 83
Half Day/Evening (up to 4 hours) 73 49
Session (up to 2.5 hours) 45 34
Workspace (all day) Special Offer 15 15
Boardroom – 6


Standard £ Charity £
Flipchart, Paper and Pens: 13 10
Hybrid meeting equipment: 20 15
Laptop: 20 15


  1. In the event of a cancellation the Institute reserves the right to charge a 25% cancellation fee. In the event of a cancellation with less than 7 days’ notice, the Institute will charge the full cost to the hirer.
  2. The Hirer(s) must leave the room tidy and depart at the agreed time. Please note that the room will be available and setup from the agreed start time on the booking form issued by the Institute.
  3. The Hirer(s) is/are responsible for any damage to Institute property incurred because of their usage. Please do not affix items to the walls.
  4. The Institute reserves the right to change the room booked for an alternative and will inform the Hirer(s) of this in advance where possible.
  5. All alcohol consumed on the premises must be purchased from the Institute to comply with the licensed premises regulations. Alcohol may not be served after 10.30pm; there is a 30-minute ‘drinking up’ time. Food and drink must not be consumed in the meeting rooms, unless with prior consent.
  6. Smoking is strictly forbidden on the premises. Matches, candles etc. may not be used.
  7. Please notify the Institute if you intend to play live or recorded music, DVD, CD, film, etc., as a fee will be levied on behalf of the Performing Rights Society. This fee is currently set, by the Performing Rights Society, at £11.88 (£9.90 + VAT) per session.
  8. All portable electrical equipment owned by the Institute is tested on a regular basis. If you intend to bring in your own electrical equipment, please make sure that this is certified as having been tested during the last 12 months.
  9. The Institute does not accept responsibility for any personal possessions brought on to the premises. Please ensure that you safeguard your valuables.
  10. Hirers are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions (e.g. DBS checks) required to run their activities, as well as appropriate insurance. Please contact a member of staff if you require any further clarification.
  11. Due to staffing levels, we are not able to guarantee first aid support – particularly at evenings and weekends. There will always be someone on hand who can telephone the emergency services if required.
  12. In proceeding with the hire of one of the Institute’s meeting rooms, hirers agree to the payment terms of 30 day’s following receipt of invoice. Failure to pay the agreed amount during the 30-day period may result in further charges being levied.


Special Conditions of Hire during COVID-19:

1.     Hirers undertake to comply with the actions identified in the Guildford Institute’s risk assessment, which can be found on the Institute’s website ( A copy can be provided on request.

2.     Surfaces and high-touch areas in the room(s) will be cleaned before the arrival of all room hirers and after their departure.

3.     Hirers should ensure that everyone likely to attend their activity or event understands they should not enter the building if they have COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms.

4.     Hirers are encourage to keep the room(s) well ventilated throughout their hire, with windows open as far as convenient.

5.     Hirers are encouraged to wear a face covering when moving throughout the public areas of the building, especially during busy times.


6.     The Guildford Institute has the right to close the building if there are any safety concerns relating to COVID-19.