Magnum Photos: Where Ideas Are Born, David Batchelor: Colour Is and our permanent collections will be open on Saturday 20 August. Due to a wedding taking place, our ground floor galleries will be closed on this day from 3pm. Sorry for any inconvenienced caused.

Women’s Library

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‘Reading is a right, a privilege and a pleasure that women have had to fight for. The shared bookshelf reminds us that we still must.’ Margo Jefferson

Our Women’s Library is one of the few parts of Compton Verney to have survived intact from the nineteenth century. Created around 1860 by Georgiana Verney, who was mistress of Compton Verney and a champion of women’s reading, education and suffrage, today it is a space for discovery and reflection. In the spirit of Georgiana, each year we invite guest curators to choose a selection of books they have found inspirational or enjoyable to fill the shelves, all of which are available to buy in our shop.

FREE for Members and Annual Pass holders

Access to the library is included in DAY TICKET admission

The Women’s Library is open Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays, 11am – 5pm