Coronavirus epidemic update
We are pleased to announce that the Huguenot Library is open. To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, special measures have been put in place by The National Archives around the building and in our reading room. Visitors are advised to wear a face covering, wash their hands frequently and maintain a reasonable distance between each other.
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, and is currently located at The National Archives .
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.
For further details of the collections, see Library collections page.
The printed holdings have been catalogued on Explore, the UCL Library online catalogue, and details of the archive holdings are in the process of being put online. See the Library catalogues page for more information on the online archive database and on the existing printed catalogues, published as volumes in the Huguenot Society's Quarto Series. Details of family papers in the archive are also available on the online archive database.