About us

Ultimate Library provides bespoke book collections and libraries for hotels, resorts, private residences and retail spaces. Our personalised curating process takes care of every aspect from the design, supply and installation.

Each book collection is designed to inspire, educate and entertain, tailored to the property’s location and client interests. We believe that books, whether in a library or expertly stacked on a coffee table add warmth, texture and soul to any project.

Philip Blackwell

CEO and Founder of Ultimate Library

Born into the Oxford-based bookselling dynasty, you could say that literature runs in the veins of Philip Blackwell. After stepping down as CEO of the bookselling arm in 2006, Blackwell hit upon the idea for Ultimate Library while travelling the world and the company now helps hotels, resorts, private residences and retail spaces build bespoke book collections that reflect their locale.   “Our job for a hotel or resort client wanting a library of 500 books is to find the 500 books that will educate, entertain and inspire their guests, to create a sense of place and to take them on a journey”.


Simonne Waud

Director of Business Development

Claire Mead

Finance & Logistic Manager


“Ultimate Library has had a profound impact on the quality of the libraries at Six Senses. We now regularly receive praise for the quality of our Resort libraries” – Sonu Shivdasani, Founder of Soneva Resorts and Six Senses Spas and Resorts

“I came across an Ultimate Library 18 months ago at a hotel in Cheltenham and stood looking at a wall of books in the lobby area and gradually realised that it wasn’t your average hotel book selection.” – Sally Oram, Guest at The Montpellier Chapter

The Ultimate Library team have been indispensable partners in the process of making The Ampersand what it is today. With a heavy emphasis on contemporary cosmopolitan design, it was essential for us to work with a service provider who could understand and stay true to our identity whilst creating an additional desirable experience for our guests; in this case a dedicated library. – Roberto Pajares, General Manager , The Ampersand

We were so pleased with the bespoke collection of books Ultimate Library Curated for Agama Mara. Many of our guests have enjoyed reading the various titles and often remark on how wonderful it is to have access to interesting books that otherwise wouldn’t have been thought of. – Nicky Fitzgerald, Agama Mara Owner

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