Visiting the Library

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

Access and opening times

The Library is open to Huguenot Library readers on Tuesdays from 9.00 to 19.00 and on Wednesdays from 9.00 to 17.00.

The collections are accessible by appointment only. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance of the planned visit by contacting the Librarian:

By e-mail (recommended):

By phone: 020 7679 2046. (Please note that the office is only staffed part-time, so you may need to leave a message on the answerphone).

By post: The Huguenot Library, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Before your visit

The vast majority of the Library’s collection is held on closed access and must be ordered in advance. You will therefore need to provide the details of the material you wish to see before your visit so that it can be ordered for you. Use our Library catalogues page to search for material. If you need any assistance in selecting the items you wish to consult, please contact the Librarian.

You will be able to request up to 6 books or 6 archive boxes per visit, or a combination of the two (e.g. 2 archive boxes and 4 books). Please note that you will not be able to order further material on the day of your visit. We may also have to limit access to material which is fragile or contains confidential information.

Procedure for visits

After booking an appointment, you will need to complete an application form and will receive an accreditation letter, confirming the date of your visit and the items reserved. Please remember to bring this letter with you when you visit the Library.

Please also remember to bring a form of photographic identification (i.e. a current UK Driving Licence, a valid passport, or a UCL ID if you are a UCL member).

For information on travelling to the National Archives by public transport or car, see their How to Find us page.

Using the Reading Room

Visitors are asked to abide by the rules of UCL Special Collections and the Huguenot Library. In particular, please be aware that you should not use pens for taking notes, only pencils. Further details are available in the Reading Room guidelines. Laptops are allowed and power sockets and wifi are available in the Reading Room.

There are no photocopying facilities available in the Reading Room, but readers are welcome to bring their own camera for copying material, in line with the Huguenot Library's digital copying policy. Please let the Librarian know if you wish to take any images.

On the day of your visit, the Librarian will either be on hand to offer guidance or can be contacted by email or phone.

Copying of Library material

Visitors to the Library are able to copy limited amounts of material held by the Library for use in private study only. The Librarian is also able to provide such material to enquirers who are unable to visit the library. For details and costs, see the Readers charges leaflet.

The copying of larger quantities of material and of any quantity of material intended for wider reproduction (commercial or otherwise) is subject to the Society’s copyright policy. Obtaining copyright clearance in such cases may take a number of weeks and the Society may make additional charges. Contact the Librarian in the first instance for more information.


Material at UCL

As well as accessing the main Huguenot Library collections at The National Archives, Fellows of the Huguenot Society can also consult material held in the Huguenot Library office at UCL on Fridays, by appointment.

Material available for consultation

  • A complete set of the Huguenot Society Quarto Series volumes, New Series and Indexes
  • A complete set of the Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Huguenot Society Journal
  • A complete set of Huguenot Families
  • Newly received publications and journals
  • Selected reference works
  • Microfiches of a number of items in the archive. A full list is available here
  • Microfilms of the archives of the French Protestant Church of London
  • UCL book collections
  • A selection of UCL electronic resources. A list of what is available can be found here

Access and opening times

The Library office is open on Fridays from 10.00-13.00 and from 14.00-17.00. It is located in Room 234, UCL Main Library, Wilkins Building. Gower Street. A campus map is available here. Please contact the Librarian at least a week in advance of the planned visit to make an appointment.