The Reading Room is open throughout the year to anyone who would like to consult the library collections of women’s writing, free of charge.

open bookThe main collection focuses on women’s literature in English during the period 1600-1830, including rare early editions and some unique books. The collection can be explored using our online catalogue.

The Reading Room opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.45. Anyone wishing to use the Reading Room should contact Chawton House in advance or submit the enquiry form below.

More information about using the Reading Rooms can be found in the Information for Readers sheet [PDF, 70KB].

Reader’s Application Form

Please complete the following Library Visit Enquiry Form if you are interested in reading at Chawton House.

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