Savoy Church: Writ under the Privy Seal of a grant by Charles II of £60 a year for the ministers of the Church, 5 July 1675 (detail)Illustration from the writ of a grant by Charles II for the French Church of the Savoy, 5 July 1675, Huguenot Library


Christmas closure

The Huguenot Library will close on Friday 22 December 2023 and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

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.

For further details on visiting, see Visiting the Library page. Fellows of the Society are also able to access material held at the Library’s UCL office.


The Librarian 
The Huguenot Library, 
UCL, Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6BT

Tel: 020 7679 2046
[email protected]

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

To see more Huguenot related images, including various Huguenot Society visits, go to our flickr photo gallery