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About the Glass Library

Over the years the Museum Service has built up an important reference library of glass books and periodicals that are available to researchers. Their is an extensive collection of auction house catalogues, publications by glass societies' and trade journals. Videos and films of glassmaking are also collected.

Where is the Glass Library

The Glass Library is housed at Himley Hall. There is a copy of almost every book on glass published in this country, as well as many foreign publications.

Robert Charleston Library

The entire library of Robert Charleston, former Head of Glass & Ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum and renowned glass expert who died in 1994, was purchased by the Museum Service with assistance from the Dudley MBC Libraries Department in 1996. The Charleston library includes approximately 700 books as well as his own collection of papers, articles and archival material.

How to use the Glass Library

Library visits and book requests must be booked in advance. The Glass Library is reference only therefore readers must be able to visit Himley Hall in order to view the books. The glass library is not open to the general public and viewing is by appointment only.

Photocopying facilities are available (a small charge per sheet applies).