The Forgotten Library takes inspiration from vintage and antiquarian books and ephemera to create a

range of literary themed gifts.


The Forgotten Library repurposes vintage books, ephemera and other library related items to create new hand crafted objects.  The business began in 2011 making A5 journals using vintage paperback covers.  The idea to work with books came after spending time in a charity shop seeing how many books went to recycling due to poor condition.  It was then I began to wonder what else could be done with a book.   I was determined to make a waste paper basket from waste paper (book pages) but my foray into papier mache wasn't that successful!


Whether it is a 1920s novel converted into a clock, Victorian carte de visite reworked to create a pencil pot or pages from a favourite novel captured in a hair pin; every piece we repurpose is unique.


Since 2016 the library has also begun working with fused glass incorporating vintage book illustrations.  In 2017 a new range of printed greetings cards and bookmarks collaged from marbled endpapers and book illustrations was launched.


Visit The Forgotten Library blog at to read extracts from diaries, see what keepsakes have been found in books over the years and more.

Copyright Charlotte White