The Library

An outstanding collection

Sir Paul Getty spent 25 years assembling one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the world. When he moved to Wormsley, he commissioned the building of the castellated Library, as an extension of the main house.

The Estate continues to invest in this outstanding collection – which features the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and the first folio of Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”. Other highlights include manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 15th Century, important Bibles and extraordinary modern bindings.

A unique venue

The Library is open for a small number of private curated tours each year and also makes for a historic location for exclusive meetings, seminars and gatherings.

Its Wedding Licence for a congregation of up to 15 people makes it one of the most exclusive places in the country in which to be married.

Tours

The Estate is delighted to make available certain exhibits to the public that they consider to be of an educational and cultural nature.  Certain works of art will be accessible to the public on days on which library visits, garden visits, cricket events or the Garsington Opera events occur. These include sculptures by Damien Hirst, Thomas Schutte, Mel Kendrick, Barry Flanagan, and Tristano di Robilant.

Access to view these works is made available through public tours for those who are ticket holders of the above events.

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Key information

  • Available all year
  • Up to 15 guests
  • Curated Tours
  • Meetings, Talks, Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Private Dining
  • Weddings
  • Performances

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