FAQs

Can Ultimate Library design and build the joinery?

Although we don’t build shelves, we can provide you with consultation on the shelving and design aspects of your library. We can also introduce you to our partners and experts in joinery and lighting, who can design and build the infrastructure of your dream library.

 

How much does it cost?

We can work to any budget, no matter how large or small. We will always set realistic expectations and help to create the perfect book collection for you whether you’re looking to spend £100 or £100,000.

 

How long does it take to curate the book collection?

The timing of the curation process varies depending on the size of the library. This can take between 1-2 weeks for smaller collections and up to 4-6 weeks for large scale projects. We aim to deliver within the UK between 2-3 days of collection completion and international delivery depends on the location and choice of shipping method.

 

How do you select the books?

Our team of expert curators have decades of experience in sourcing and finding titles to fit any theme, budget and style. Our thoughtful research enables us to include a mix of classic and new exciting books. We ensure that a range of voices and perspectives are represented in every collection and that we reflect the local area by creating a sense of place.

 

Do you ship worldwide?

We can ship to anywhere in the world and our logistics team are able to advise on the best methods of shipment to ensure your collection arrives safely and in the most cost-effective way.

 

Can you source books in languages other than English?

Although the core of our business is built on English language books, we can source any language you desire, from Russian to Mandarin. We are a large supplier of illustrated titles and images are universal.

 

How do I request a quote?

All we need to prepare a quote for you is the following information:

You can send these over to hello@ultimtaelibrary.co.uk and a member of our team will be back in touch as soon as possible.

 

Can you install in the book collection?

We offer an installation service in which our team will come and install the library for you. We can also provide training for your staff on how to maintain and utilise the library as an added amenity for guests. This includes providing reading lists and remote training using skype to ensure every member of your team understand the importance and value of your library.

 

What if we already have a book collection?

If you already have a library, we can enhance your collection whilst working with themes and the aesthetic you have already created. An existing book collection can be refreshed and enhanced to create a timeless library.

 

I would like my own Ultimate Library but I am not a hotel owner or interior designer?

We also work directly with private clients and can create the perfect book collection for your home. Through learning more about your interests, hobbies, favourite books and authors we can create a personalised collection that meets all of your needs.

 

Can I receive a complete list of the selected books before I agree to a library?

Our extensive knowledge and experience in curating book collections for such a diverse range of places and clients means that will can always meet your brief. Upon request, we can send a short list of representative books illustrate the general feel of the collection for your review.

After your collection has been curated, we will send through your book list for review before shipping. Any major substitutions or changes may be subject to an additional curation charge.

 

How much involvement will I have in the book selection?

We want you to be as involved as you want in the process. We can source specific titles, build on your requested themes or you can give us an overarching brief and leave the rest to us. Personal service and attentive communication is our strength and we make sure the entire process is tailored to you.

 

What is your curation and consultation fee?

Our curation and consultation fee is included with every project. We charge 10% of the overall cost of the books as a sourcing and time fee. It can take hours to carefully select titles based on theme, colour scheme and location. If you want to make any additional changes to the library or swap books you’re not happy for this will also cover the time and sourcing fee to make replacements.

 

Do you have a minimum order?

There is no minimum order. We can source as few as 5 coffee table books for you if that is what you need.