The Chantry Library is a collection of publications, grey literature, and archives concerned with the conservation of cultural heritage, with a strong focus on paper and book conservation. Some of our holdings are entirely unique.
We welcome queries from all those with an interest in the conservation and materiality of cultural heritage. We are pleased to hear from conservators, conservation scientists, librarians and archivists, students, volunteers, and indeed anyone else with an interest in conservation!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are sadly closed to visitors in person but we welcome requests for scan and send services. Please see Reader Information for more detail about using our collection.
We also offer a number of Subject Bibliographies on specific conservation topics, compiled and annotated by specialists. The bibliographies cover such diverse topics as Egyptian tomb painting, Byzantine and post-Byzantine bookbindings, South Asian paper, and more. These resources are free and available to all.
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The Chantry Library is managed by The Oxford Conservation Consortium