The Engine Room Bookshop at Hatchlands Park

The Engine Room bookshop at Hatchlands Park

Our second-hand bookshop at Hatchlands Park has moved and expanded. Thanks to generous contributions from our wonderful visitors and volunteers, we’re able to offer you an even greater choice, with all funds going towards vital conservation projects across the estate. From classic volumes and colourful children’s tales to modern fiction and biographical treasures, discover something new (to you) to keep or share.

Fanny Boscawen, the original lady of the house, loved a good book. She wrote, ‘If I ever take off the embargo which I lay upon all novels, I am lost to all other employment whatever, and do nothing till I have got through all my adventurers’ adventures, and seen them all safely provided for.’

You can now join in with her love of a long read and find yourself a new world to escape to, from the Engine Room bookshop. You’ll find this treasure trove of pre-loved volumes located in the old engine room in the cobbled courtyard, close to the Kitchen Café. 

At the moment we're only able to accept cash inside the bookshop. You can pay for your books using the donation boxes located in the bookshop. Alternatively, if you'd rather pay by card, you can do so at Visitor Reception as you leave.

Face coverings are recommended in crowded areas, including the bookshop, but not compulsory.

The Engine Room bookshop at Hatchlands Park

Give your unwanted books a new home

You can share in our passion for second-hand books whilst supporting the buildings, nature and landscape on the Hatchlands Park estate, by donating your books and picking up a great read from the Engine Room. We're particularly in need of fiction books at the moment.

For the first time, we’re also now stocking vinyl too. If you’re looking to clear out some of your old record collection, we’re particularly interested in finding jazz, soul, and 60s & 70s rock music, but we’ll happily talk to you about any donations you’d like to make. 

You can drop off your unwanted items with us in-store whenever we’re open, 7 days a week from 10am. Alternatively, if you’re having a major clear-out, you can email us to arrange a drop off time or call us on 01483 222482.

Every item donated or purchased, directly contributes towards essential conservation work, indoors and outdoors.

We hope you’ll enjoy contributing to our cause by browsing and buying pre-loved books and records, and find yourself lost in adventures just as Fanny Boscawen did.