The Library’s 26,000-volume collection spans 500 years and has been built on donations of major individual collections, small donations, individual gifts and purchases through the Book Acquisition Fund.
The National Sporting Library collection includes more than 17,000 volumes on horse and field sports and covers a period of 500 years.
The main collection is divided by subject. Some of the larger divisions cover horse racing, sporting art, foxhunting and horsemanship. Also represented are such specialized topics as angling, beagling, falconry, sport shooting and steeplechasing.
The archive collection holds research papers, hunt diaries, scrapbooks, and unpublished manuscripts. The Library’s periodicals collection contains several dozen current titles as well as a collection of 18th-20th century British periodicals. The Library’s book collection has been built on donations of major individual collections, small donations, as well as individual gifts, and purchases through the Book Acquisition Fund.
Books shelved in the John H. Daniels reading room may be browsed and enjoyed onsite. The shelves are organized by topic including horsemanship, show jumping, dressage, eventing, foxhunting, beagling, art, shooting & hunting, wing shooting, fowling, sporting arms, and more. There is an online catalog of the Library’s collection.
Major collections include:
Using the collection
Visiting researchers are asked to sign in at the front desk and fill out a User Registration Form which lists the rules for using the books at the NSLM.
Researchers may access materials in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room and from the archive collection by appointment.
The archive collection holds research papers, hunt diaries, scrapbooks, and unpublished manuscripts. For a full listing of the manuscript collection, read more.
Links to other sites
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