The Collection

The Portico Library collection began with the foundation of the Library in 1806 and continues to be added to every year. It includes over 25,000 printed volumes and a growing archive, with a wide selection of travel literature, novels, biographies and history. To start exploring the collection browse the pages below and to learn how you can support the collection's future survival now click here.


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