We curate book collections large and small – from whole libraries to collection of beautiful illustrated books for coffee tables, suites and bedrooms. Or perhaps a bespoke collection for a spa, a yacht or a ski chalet.
Working together with a client we will identify relevant categories as well as specific themes important for the property in question. We spend a week researching relevant and interesting titles that make up a bespoke library. Sourcing, packing and delivery varies on quantity and location but can take as little as a week to 10 days – but we would prefer more notice!
Special books or books that are no longer in print can be requested, however, they may take longer to arrive. Libraries are supplied in the English Language. However, upon request, we supply books in other languages including French, German, Spanish, Russian Korean and Chinese.
We are more than happy to consider the existing titles in your library and offer our thoughts on how to enhance and improve it. The other thing to remember is that with the thousands of new titles coming out every week, the only way to maintain the library's relevance is to update it at regular intervals.
In our experience, the key to this is guest engagement training of your staff, using clear signs that explain the ‘rules of engagement’ placing and simple ex-libris bookplates in each title that ask guests to use and then return. Pick the right location for the library and assign a dedicated library champion. A full set of recommendations is in the Operational Guidelines.
All books suffer wear and tear; it's the nature of paper. We recommend hardcover rather than paperback as they are harder wearing. We then suggest that you regularly realign the books on the shelves as a part of the property’s housekeeping. Alternatively, we also offer a cover lamination service.
We provide a database of titles and prices with each library that provides a reference for costing individual titles. In practice it becomes a matter of judgement and we leave it up to our clients to decide.
They key to success is to have a Library Champion who will learn the operational routine. "I very quickly learned the book layout and could easily see what was missing" Library Champion, Hilton Hotel London.
We are always available to talk on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone at +44 (0) 207 589 2916.