The library houses a superb collection of books on art, history, gardening, polo, games, music and literature. Many of the books are written by, or about, close friends of the Haywards, such as Sir William Dobell, Geoffrey Dutton, Sir Jacob Epstein, Donald Friend, Sir Lionel Lindsay and Sir Russell Drysdale. Tragically, this room was gutted by fire in 1958 which, to Lady Hayward's great grief, completely destroyed the original collection of books. The Haywards meticulously recreated the library as close as possible to its original appearance, and rebuilt their collection. After 1960, if they were dining alone, the Haywards often had their dinner on a tray in the library, in front of a television.