The Library is situated on the first floor of the Pall Mall clubhouse. It is one of the leading motoring libraries in the country. Club members (only) can work in a peaceful atmosphere, undertake research and catch up with newspapers and periodicals.
There is an extensive in-house motoring catalogue detailing the Club's holdings in motoring and motor sport. Other sections include general reference, the arts, biography, business, history, classic and contemporary literature - many of the items can be borrowed.
Members can also bring in their own laptop, or use one of the Club's laptops or desktops. The Club Librarian is available to help members with any enquiry, motoring or non-motoring.
Club Librarian: Trevor Dunmore
Telephone: 020 7747 3398
To view the Library Plan please log in as a member. The Library Plan can only be viewed by members and once logged in will be shown in the right hand column of this page.
Open: 24/7 (locked at midnight but the Night Porter can open on request)
Manned: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Telephone: 020 7747 3398
Jacket and tie (except weekends); jacket may be removed once inside the Library.
The Library is staffed Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, to answer members’ enquiries on any subject of interest. It is open all the time for research, personal correspondence and to simply catch up with the latest news and views from a wide range of journals and newspapers.
The Library and Archives together hold an invaluable collection of memorabilia relating to the history of the Club and its links to motoring and motor sport.
The Library is well stocked with books on motoring and motor sport which along with a large collection of standard reference materials, including annuals and directories, are all available for consultation within the Library. A range of books in the fields of biography, history and classic literature is available for members to borrow.
The Library subscribes to a large number of periodicals, both motoring and non-motoring. On the motoring side, current issues are on open display while back issues are bound. On the non-motoring side, current issues are also on open display with back issues of some titles stored for varying lengths of time.
Taken daily are all the UK broadsheets, a selection of UK tabloids along with several copies of the Evening Standard. The Wall Street Journal Europe, International Herald Tribune and Le Monde are also available. Back copies of the UK broadsheets are filed and kept for a period of at least one month.
The Library has an extensive in-house database started in 1989 that enables staff to locate items of motoring interest for members and researchers; please ask the library staff about this service. Additionally, it has two desktops that are permanently available for members’ use and two laptops available during staffed hours.
A photocopying service is available. Current copyright regulations are applied.
Any book from the biography, history, classic literature and contemporary fiction sections can be borrowed by a member, who may have up to six books on loan at any one time. Members are requested to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Only members are entitled to borrow books.
2. Members are asked to record borrowed items in the red signing-out book, located on the reading desk near the main door of the Library.
3. Prompt return of books is appreciated, and certainly requested after a period of six weeks (or in the case of new books two weeks) has elapsed from the date of borrowing.
4. Books should be returned to the Library staff, and not directly to the Library shelves. There is no charge for borrowing books, but if a book is damaged or lost by a member, then he or she will be charged the full cost of repair/replacement.
The Club has two Book Clubs, one at each clubhouse. Take the opportunity to read books you've never considered before and make reading a social as well as a solitary pleasure. Titles include a range of subjects and styles.
The Pall Mall Book Club meets on the first Monday of every month (except July and August) in the Library. You do not need to book for the Pall Mall Book Club.
Price: £7.00 (including refreshments)
To suggest a book email The Book Worm or telephone 020 7747 3398.
The Woodcote Park Book Club meets at 5 week intervals, at 10.30am. You can find dates for the forthcoming meetings and the books to be discussed on the calendar.
Price: £5.00 (including refreshments)
To book a place email Judy Nash or telephone 020 8643 1503.
The Librarian regularly review the newest motoring and non-motoring books for Pell-Mell & Woodcote. If you have a book to recommend please email Library.
Race2Recovery: beyond injury, achieving the extraordinary. Stephanie Temple. Haynes/Firestep, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-85733-380-3. Price: £17.99.
Disability, in this case the loss of one or more limbs, could strike anytime, anyplace to anyone. The prospect of carrying out the daily ritual of routine work and play strikes one as quite daunting enough. But embarking on an adventure that will test your physical and mental endurance to the limit – well that’s a character test if ever there was one. And that’s what this fine book encapsulates. Taking on one of the greatest challenges in sport, a group of disabled British and US servicemen conquer the notoriously difficult Dakar Rally (through South America). Through Captain Tony Harris’ original vision the quest commenced, at the same time highlighting the remarkable rehabilitation prospects that the Help for Heroes’ recovery centre Tedworth House can provide. What shines through is the achievement in overcoming personal demons through exemplary teamwork within huge logistical obstacles. Four ‘Wildcat’ racers and a Renault ‘Kerax’ competed in the T1 and T4 classes respectively: after technical vicissitudes and rampant crashes to various competition and support vehicles, Wildcat ‘Joy’ completed – fitting. Liberally sprinkled with evocative photography, and a lively text, take inspiration.
Bernie: the biography of Bernie Ecclestone. Susan Watkins. Haynes, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-85733-033-8. Price: £19.99.
Respected historical biographer of Elizabeth I and Jane Austen, Susan Watkins turns her hand to depicting ultra-modern-technology-man in this long anticipated and ‘authoritative’ biography of Formula One ring-master Bernie Ecclestone. After a decade in publishing delays, but with the insights afforded of thirty years’ friendship of both Susan and her husband, Professor Sid Watkins (or Grand Prix’s ‘doctor’), an insider’s story of one of Britain’s most charismatic businessmen finally unfolds. What can the training be for such a unique position? Well, entrepreneurial flair goes without saying; and political controversy follows not that far behind. [‘I’ve hurt people’ are Ecclestone bons mots.] Those outside the motoring fraternity will surely enjoy this book too though for its depiction of a man crafting a nascent industry of humble origins into worldwide success. The energy in seeing projects through, the loyal personality traits evoked of family and friends, and the intimate knowledge of Grand Prix competition and team management are all qualities manifestly on show. And like Brad and Angelina in film, necessary recognition needs only a first name.
The book of the Standard Motor Company. Graham Robson. Veloce Publishing, 2011.
ISBN: 978-1-845843-43-4. Price: £35.00
Titles rarely come so unprepossessing; this one though portends a veritably large chunk of British propulsive industries, previously hardly documented. The 1903 founding of Standard, and the later subsumption of the post-WWII Triumph marque, spawned what many would claim to be the largest single group of motor car manufacturers in that Midlands launch-pad of Coventry. Some of its models (Model K, Little Nine, Unlabelled) could perhaps have benefited from a more thrusting marketing department; but flying the Union flag proudly, the quality of the company’s production was exuded in models selected for the 1911 Durbar, highly successful fighter aircraft such as the Mosquito, aero/jet engines including the Rolls-Royce Avon, and the shapely 1950s’ models the Vanguard and the Mayflower, as well as the highly successful Ferguson tractor brand. Alas come the 1960s, the name, with its diametric opposition to ‘deluxe’ was partly responsible for falls in US sales and the company survived ignobly finishing its days in India (1987). Standard is often good though is something we should always remember, and occasionally very good indeed.