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Icon features: The Chantry Library

The Chantry Library is 40 years old in 2019 and is one of the oldest independent libraries dedicated to the field of conservation. As part of the Oxford Conservation Consortium (OCC), the Library shares OCC’s aim to advance education for the public benefit through the preservation and maintenance of educational and historic materials and documents.

The Library supports this charitable object by providing OCC members and conservators - in the first instance - with information on conservation and preservation, but serves the wider conservation community and public. They are open by appointment to any reader with an interest in consulting the collection and are currently developing new services and resources- in particular annotated Subject Bibliographies giving a specialist’s ‘top ten’ on their subject. Icon members are welcome to request scans of material from the library’s print collections, for small quantities without charge (though on a cost-recovery basis for larger amounts - at the Librarian’s discretion). More information, and forms, can be found on the website


The Collection and Services

The Chantry Library’s strength is in paper- and book-related material, and they have a comprehensive collection of conference papers, plus technical ‘grey’ literature not found in other collections. Several significant donations have been received in the past year, namely David Pinniger’s collection of articles/offprints on integrated pest management, and Fred Bearman’s offprint/research collection; other supporters have made very welcome donations from their own libraries and publishing activities. The main book, journal, and conference collections are catalogued on SOLO (, the University of Oxford’s union catalogue. Select “Chantry Library” from the drop-down box to search their holdings. New services are under development, and more information can be found on the website.

Please contact the Librarians with suggestions for how the Chantry Library can support your work


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