libraryOver the years, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has built up a collection of books supporting the objects and themes that the galleries cover. In 2004 the Museum Society kindly gave over the use of their meeting room to house this growing collection. The books in the Library are available for public use, although as it is not a lending library the books cannot be taken away. The Curators' Library of over 2,000 books covers many of the items featured in the Museum's collections along with a valuable section of local history books.

Every gallery has a shelf of books devoted to it. There are also books on other more general themes that you can consult at the Museum; this service is free of charge. Just ask at the reception desk for a key to the cabinets or knock on the office door for further assistance.

The Museum holds a good collection of books on local history in the Reserve Collection kept in the Archive Store. If you would like to consult any of the books from the Reserve Collection, please give us three days notice and we will be pleased to make them available to you. The Library's book collection has been catalogued and is an ongoing process with books added on a regular basis.

The Library is also used as a workroom by Museum volunteers and members of the Society, so it can be a lively space and absolute silence cannot always be guaranteed. If you would prefer some peace and quiet please contact us for advice as to the most favourable visiting times. Horsham Museum and Art Gallery's library has a pleasant, informal and relaxing environment for everyone to work in and welcomes all ages

The Library also features some small displays, including the allegorical painting 'Wither' (1925), painted early in the career of the noted painter and sculptor Edward Bainbridge Copnall (1903–1973). Copnall had a studio on North Street in the 1920s, where he painted people from around the district and held several exhibitions of his paintings.