About the library
The National Trust owns 140 historic libraries (around 230,000 books in 400,000 volumes), generally preserved in the places where they were originally assembled and read. Many are country house libraries, some collected by wealthy bibliophiles, others containing more practical everyday books, including rare provincial printing. Other collections reflect the interests of middle-class readers; some were assembled by literary figures, such as Kipling and Shaw. Together these libraries provide an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of private book ownership in Britain and Ireland. Our cataloguing project is ongoing and approximately 177,000 books have so far been catalogued. Please contact us if you would like to know whether work has been done on a particular collection.
Please note that the Trust has no reprographics department and few digital reproductions of our holdings. While it may be possible to arrange photography, this will usually take some time, owing to the scattered nature of our collections. Enquirers are therefore encouraged to request photocopies and photographs from more conventional libraries where possible, to avoid unnecessary delay and expense.
Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.
Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.
Can I visit the library to view materials? We are happy to arrange for visitors to consult items in our properties, but this is strictly by appointment only. It is not possible to arrange access by contacting the property directly: please email or write to the Libraries Curators. We will do our best to arrange an appointment as soon as possible, but some delay may be unavoidable. While the Trust welcomes reseachers, for staffing reasons we strongly encourage prospective researchers who wish to access books for their texts to do so in more conventional libraries when possible, and we reserve the right to refuse access to material which is easily available elsewhere. Our records on Library hub Discover do, however, include detailed information on provenance, annotations and bindings, which are often the features which give the Trust's books their special interest.
For information about National Trust locations, please see the Interactive Map on their website.
Browse all of the National Trust's records in Library hub discover here.