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Chawton House Library is a registered charity that self-generates 100% of the funds needed to keep the Library open and accessible to all. By supporting the Library through donations, memberships and volunteering, you are enabling us to plan for the future with confidence, and helping us to continue maintaining and developing our permanent collections – alongside an annual programme of exhibitions, events and international conferences.


Donate now to help secure the Library for future generations.

Become a Friend

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.

Support our Collections

You can support our work by adopting a book, donating to our book conservation appeal, or helping us to publish a unique manuscript by becoming a subscriber.

Sponsor a Shire

Sponsor one of our majestic shire horses for yourself or as a gift and help us to continue our important work.


Two celebrated writers: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël

Help us to bring these two writers together for the first time in 200 years, and to tell the stories of women writers who wrote alongside Jane Austen in our summer exhibition for 2017.

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.

Trusts and Foundations

The Library has relationships with both UK and international trusts and foundations, which help to fund many aspects of our core work and research.

Corporate Support

Sponsorships, corporate partnerships and entertaining packages give unique access to the life and work of the Library, set within a quintessentially English manor house and a beautiful idyllic, rural location.

‘After all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money.’

Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey