The Huguenot Library

The Huguenot Library will be closed on Friday 3 April 2015.

The Huguenot Library is currently housed with UCL Special Collections at The National Archives.

The Huguenot Library was formed from the printed and manuscript collections of the Huguenot Society and the French Hospital Libraries, and contains the most complete body of Huguenot literature in this country. Since 1957 it has been housed within UCL Special Collections.

The main focus of the collections is on the history of the Huguenots in Great Britain and Ireland, but the Library holds material on a much wider span of Huguenot-related topics, and covers the history of the Huguenots in France and the wider diaspora. The archive collection in particular provides an invaluable insight into the lives of the immigrants in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Both the library and the archive collections contain significant sources for genealogical research. Please see the family history page for information about the available sources, and guidance on researching Huguenot ancestors. Most of the material covers the period from 1550 to 1750. A list of family papers in the archive is available on the Archive page.

The printed holdings have been catalogued on Explore, the UCL Library online catalogue. The catalogues for the archive holdings are in the process of being made available in electronic form. See the Archive page for more information on the online archive database and the existing printed catalogues, published as volumes in the Huguenot Society's Quarto Series.

Elie Benoist, Histoire de l'Edit de Nantes, vol. 1, (Delft, 1693)

Other libraries and archives

The Representative Church Body Library in Dublin holds The Huguenot Archive, which includes the publications of the Society and a miscellaneous collection of manuscripts and printed material relating to the Huguenot presence in Ireland. The Huguenot Library in London also contains some material relating to Huguenots in Ireland.

The Société de L'Histoire du Protestantisme Français in Paris has an extensive library and centre for genealogy.

The Walloon Library (Archives Wallonne) is housed within the Special Collections of Leiden University Library, and contains correspondence of important personalities in Huguenot history, including Bayle and Jurieu. The postal address is Archives Wallonne, c/o University Library Leiden, PO Box 9501, 2300 RA Leiden and the library, located within the University Library, Witte Singel 27, can be accessed on payment of a year's subscription, currently 30 €. However the main genealogical resources for Huguenots in the Netherlands, the records of baptisms, marriages and death for most of the Walloon churches in the Northern Netherlands, 1575-1811, have now been moved to the Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, situated beside the main railway station in The Hague, where they may be consulted on micro-fiche.

Details of other resources for genealogical research can be found on the family history page.