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

      Book Conservation Appeal

Watch a short film about this crucial project


Read an article about the life and times of a rare book at Chawton House Library 




Sponsor a Shire

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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.