The Library, though generally thought to be a male domain,
was used by the whole family. As it was the most spacious room and
comfortably furnished, it was often used as a sitting room for
quiet family gatherings, as well as for writing letters and playing
The room is perfectly symmetrical, in keeping with the formality
of the Neo-Classical style and houses one of the largest and most
important library collections owned by The National Trust with over
8,000 books in this room alone, many still in their original covers
and in mint condition.
As books were expensive in all periods up to the 20th century,
they were considered to be valuable possessions by the Egerton
family and there are many rare and interesting books in the
collection. Reading was one of the main sources of recreation and
possession of a large and well-stocked library was an indication of
a cultivated life-style.
Find out more about the Egerton Book Collection here