The Huguenot Library


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)