Support Us

Chawton House Library is an independent charity and receives no public funding for its day-to-day running costs.

It relies on the income it generates across activities and events, as well as the donations and grants kindly provided by our supporters.


In the words of Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey, ‘after all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money.’

All offers of support are very gratefully received


Become a Subscriber


Become a subscriber and take part in a tradition enjoyed by Jane Austen herself.

Adopt a Book







Adopt a book and help us to promote even
more research on early women writers

Conserve a Book Appeal

Books from the Chawton House Library collection in need of conservation

Watch a short film about this crucial project

Sponsor a Shire

Here at Chawton House Library, we invite you to join us in giving something back to these lovably loyal creatures.

Leave a Legacy

Please make a pledge in your will to Chawton House Library

Gifts and Loans


Chawton House Library is delighted to receive gifts-in-kind, not only of time, but of objects of interest.

Become a Friend

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Become a Friend of Chawton House Library

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a sociable way to become part of the team of a thriving library.