The EGQ LibraryThe Lesley Beckmann Library, named after the late Lesley Beckmann in honour of her many years of dedication to the Guild’s library, has an extensive collection of over 2,000 books and magazines. The library, covering a wide variety of embroidery styles, techniques, textile information and many rare reference books, is a wonderful resource for members. New books are added regularly to allow members the opportunity to read the latest editions.

Accessing the Library Catalogue

Library books can be accessed in two ways:

    1. The printed catalogues (authors, titles, and subjects) found in the Library on the desk.
    2. On the internet site, LibraryThing, which contains a complete list of current books.

This digital list, LibraryThing, can be accessed through:

        2. Click on List for a list of all the books.
        3. Click on each title for more information.

    The Call number/Dewey number and AN (Accession Number) are listed in the Tags field.


    Borrowing guidelines

    Only members of the Guild can borrow library resources and may borrow 3 books and 3 magazines for 4 weeks.

    Reference books may be accessed in the Library and are not available for borrowing.

    Country members are invited to contact the Guild by post, by phone or by emailing to request the loan of library resources.

    Members of the public and students with an interest in researching embroidery are welcome to access resources, although in the Guild library rooms only.   To arrange this access, email



    The Library’s magazine titles include current issues of:
    Embroidery, Embroiderers’ Guild UK
    Needlepoint Now
    Rakam, Italian
    Stitch, Embroiderers’ Guild UK
    Textile Fibre Forum
    Threads, Association of NZ Embroiderers’ Guilds Inc.

    Older magazines available and no longer in print include:
    Antique Samplers and Needlework
    Australian Embroidery and Cross stitch
    Jill Oxton’s Cross Stitch & Beading

    Library volunteers

    With the Librarian’s guidance, a small group of volunteers helps to keep the library in order. New resources are added throughout the year with Guild purchases, generous donations from members and past members, and editions from publishers of embroidery and related books.