The Jerwood Centre, our state-of-the-art library and archive next door to Dove Cottage, is home to over 90% of William Wordsworth's original verse manuscripts, Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere journal, and many more letters and journals written by the family.

On the shelves of our Reading Room, you will find rare editions by not only Wordsworth, but also his contemporaries: Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft to name a few.

Our art collection of the Lake District includes over 9,000 items, and features works by major artists such as John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
- 'Personal Talk' by William Wordsworth