The Pullar Library was founded, in part, with a collection of books belonging to Hubert Norman Pullar, a diplomat from Allan, Scotland. After being posted everywhere from Finland to Turkey to Chicago, Pullar retired to Sussex where he took an interest in haunting carpet shops. The library then filled up with unsolicited donations, growing to the library that it is today.
The H.N. Pullar Library is a library of literature on textiles and textile history. The collection is mainly used by the researchers at the museum but also researchers from colleges and universities.
Zach came to the Pullar Library to help migrate the records to an online catalogue that would allow the public to explore the collection. The library is open to the public, but it is a non-circulating collection.
Run entirely by volunteers (aside from Zach), the library houses an impressive collection of highly specialized materials: over 4,500 books, 20 journal titles, subject files, and a small video collection.
Some of the challenges that the Pullar Library is facing is familiar to people who work in special libraries: space (it’s limited) and budget (also limited). Despite these issues, the library has found dedicated patrons in the museum members. Many longtime members donate their books to the library. These books can then be added to the collection or sold to buy more relevant texts.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the Textile Museum (and maybe the library), you can contact the Volunteer Association.
(They also have a store at the museum and online)