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.


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 is unique.


Since 2016 the library has also begun working with fused glass incoporating 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.


Starting out my godmother invited me to try selling some items at the open garden they hold every year. I got to sit in this gorgeous summer house with a view of fields to the river.  When people who had come to see flowers and eat cake liked my work it encouraged me to keep working at the dream of  a little creative business.



I work full time in a day job to pay the bills but spend every spare moment I can creating for The Forgotten Library.


Copyright Charlotte White