Chawton House Library is a UK registered charity that self-generates 100% of the funds needed to keep the Library open and accessible to all. The charity is currently at a pivotal moment in its 25-year history, and is asking supporters to dig deep to keep the house and library going during a significant development phase over the next 18 months.
Please dig deep to help secure the ‘Great House’ for future generations.
Experience a closer relationship with the Library as a Friend, a member of the Bluestocking Circle, or a Salon Circle Patron. Find out more about the benefits we offer and how you can support our work.
Adopt a Book
Adopt a book, and you will be directly supporting the work of Chawton House Library and helping take care of more than 15,000 volumes – all accessible to use for research – in the Library’s unique collection.
1817 Legacy Circle
Leaving a Legacy, either a gift of money, asset or personal possession, is the most enduring gift that you can give to the Library.
‘After all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money.’
‘Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through – and very good lists they were – very well chosen and very neatly arranged – sometimes alphabetically and sometimes by some other rule.’
— Jane Austen (1775-1817),Mr Knightley in Emma, 1816