Jim Thompson Art Center


William Warren Library

The library is named after William Warren, who is the author of many books including The Unsolved Mystery, the biography of Jim Thompson. William Warren was born in Georgia in the United States but settled in Bangkok over 50 years ago. He served as a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University for 30 years and has written numerous articles and books about art, culture, architecture, and landscape gardening in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

William Warren knew Jim Thompson personally and his writings are a key source of information about the amazing story of this American who helped revive the silk industry in Thailand. The James H.W. Thompson Foundation has named the library after William Warren in appreciation for his ongoing dedication to educating others about Jim Thompson’s life and accomplishments.

Access to Services
Visitors can access our services free of charge. There is no entrance fee and no membership is required. Simply store your belongings in the lockers located in front of the library and you can start using our services immediately. However, if you wish to borrow books, you must register as a member.

Open Wednesday to Monday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Closed every Tuesday and on public holidays.

Book highlights

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Reference material, divided into the following sections:

- Books by William Warren

- Material, both written and photographic, concerning Jim Thompson’s life

- General books on culture, architecture, textiles, travel, home decoration, and crafts

- Exhibition catalogues of events held at the Jim Thompson Art Center

- Books related to Jim Thompson Art Center exhibitions

- Wireless internet (Wifi)

- New arrival books

- Mini-exhibition space


1. Members can borrow general books, William Warren Collection, Jim Thompson/The James H. W. Thompson Foundation Publications, Art Exhibition Catalogue, and Contemporary Textbooks.

Three items can be borrowed at a time for up to 10 days. If they are returned late, there will be a 10 baht fine, per item, per day.

2. Access to all Jim Thompson Art Center exhibitions and Jim Thompson House Museum, 1 Guest per visit

The William Warren Library Membership
To apply to register as a library member the following are required:
Membership Registration Documents
- A copy of your national ID card or passport.
- Annual fee of 1,500 THB for general public.
- Annual fee of 600 THB for students.

Membership periods for Jim Thompson Employees:
free membership is available during employment with Jim Thompson
- For general member one year with right to be renewal

For book renewal or any questions, please contact the librarians by phone at 02 001 5470 #201 or via e-mail.