Chawton House Library


Chawton House Library is a UK registered charity with a unique collection of books focusing on womens writing in English from 1600 to 1830. This specialist collection, set in the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother, provides the opportunity to study and savour the texts in their original setting and inspires passion in readers of all ages.

Chawton House

The Library is free for all to use. Please contact the Librarian for an appoinment on

Guided Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 2.00pm. with a Wednesday morning tour starting at 10.30 am between June and September. The cost is £7 person. This includes a voluntary 10% donation, so that Gift Aid can be claimed on the entry fee.  Events are held regularly - please see for details.

Please use the links to the left to explore our current projects. 

We are now actively raising funds to re-build the historic Glasshouses in the walled garden, which will enable us to expand our education programmes. We also have four working Shire Horses, which you can also help with your donations.

With your generous support the sampler has been consereved and is on display in the Great Hall, for all to admire.

For as little as £10, you can Buy a Book for Chawton House Library, helping us to develop the collection. We have no dedicated fund for book acquisitions so your donation will be used directly to add to the collection.

Don't forget you can shop online with us at, where you can also subscribe to be a supporter and find out what's on.

Support us

If you'd like to support Chawton House Library just click the links below: