The Holburne Museum library is now open for students,
staff and members of the public to use by appointment.
The smart new library and archive store in the basement now houses
nearly 3000 volumes of art reference books, periodicals and catalogues,
as well as Sir William Holburne’s personal library of 1800 volumes.
The reference library generally covers fine and decorative art from the
Renaissance to the twentieth century, and the history and architecture
of Bath. There is a particularly fine collection of monographs on
seventeenth-century painting of the Spanish, Netherlandish and Italian
Sir William Holburne’s own library is a typical nineteenth-century
gentleman’s library, with novels, fine bindings, guidebooks and
histories. It had been in store in the University Library, and was
catalogued by library staff before being returned to the museum.
The library also houses the Huth collection of books on swordsmanship.
There is a complete run of catalogues of all past Holburne Museum
The museum library catalogue is available online.