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Showroom Facility

Askews and Holts Library Services maintain the only multi-copy, multi-category showroom facility in the U.K, at our premises in Preston. 

We make available specifically for stock selection an exceptional range and depth of stock, profiled to meet the needs of all our library customers. Our stock consists of both newly published material and essential back stock material for nursery through to secondary school level, allowing libraries to carry out stock replenishment as well as choosing new titles. 

Our stock is laid out conveniently in library format with paperbacks and hardbacks shelved together, either A to Z by author, or in subject sequence for non-fiction books. 

We have clearly separated stock such as teen, graphic novels and picture books to further assist our showroom visitors. A team of qualified personnel are on hand during the visit to provide guidance and advice, ensuring visitors optimise the time they spend on selecting.

For libraries who are unable to take a trip to our physical showroom, new and backstock material can still be conveniently sourced from our on-line showroom, available at:


Waterstones Facility

Since 2003, Askews and Holts Library Services have offered our library customers the opportunity to make selections from key stores throughout the U.K and believe that through this partnership we are able to play to the strengths of both companies. 

We facilitate the visit and Waterstone’s in-house customer care team host the visit on the day.

We receive the selection from Waterstone’s and deal with the subsequent invoicing, servicing, packing and delivery, all to library requirements, including jacketing and processing.   

Askews and Holts believe in providing our schools and their libraries with choice and will continue to offer two selection facilities for as long as our customers require them. 

To book a visit, please contact: