The Guildhall a spectacular medieval building the powerbase of the ruling merchant class since the 12th century that rivalled that of the monarchy. Although the guilds don't weild the same poswer as in previous centuries, it is still a place of pomp and ceremony.
Occasionaly they open their doors and let us ordinary folk take a peek at the grandeur. This room, the old library was a more recent addition, built in 1870 in Victorian gothic style. It had grand oak bookcases lining the walls to house the 40,000 volumes of the guilds collection.
Now days the room is used for official functions.