The Ralph Vaughan Williams Collection of published books, scores and recordings was established in the late 1970s, after Surrey Libraries had collected a lot of material about this local composer over many years. It is an element of the Surrey Performing Arts Library.
The collection has grown since then with the acquisition of most of the subsequently published books on the composer, reprints of his own writings, new publications and edition of his scores, and many different recordings of his music on vinyl and compact disc. Additionally, local publications, programmes, cuttings, pictures and other materials have also been added.
The collection comprises around 70 books, 300 scores, 200 LP records, 250+ compact discs, and the Vaughan Williams Choral Archive (a comprehensive collection of his smaller choral works).
NEWSPAL *, a charitable trust now manages the Performing Arts Library collection, which is currently based at Ewell Library. The Trust aspire to
to finding separate accommodation in the future. Most items are available for loan directly from Ewell library.