Bringing local history to life
Step back in time to discover Guernsey's fascinating past, preserved for the future.
Keeping Guernsey's history alive
The Priaulx Library houses family and other records dating back to the 15th century. Discover your ancestors and how they lived.
Caring for our island's heritage
Celebrating island life and keeping the Bailiwick’s past safe for today, and many tomorrows.
Free exhibition: Victor Hugo's Guernsey
On now, from 2 April 2016
Guernsey's historical and family history research centre
The Priaulx Library is a unique centre that preserves Guernsey’s history and genealogy and makes it available to the public. The island’s language, history, culture, literature and people can be discovered within the Library’s valuable collections.
Conduct independent research or ask us to help
From rare books, artefacts and maps to pictures, newspapers and family records, the Library is the guardian of Guernsey’s history and provides research support and reproduction services. Conduct your own research or ask about our paid services.
If you wish to consult items not on the open shelves, such as newspapers or material from the strongroom, please ring in advance so that we may provide you with the best service we can.
We welcome groups and offer special tours
The Library is open to school, college or special interest groups. We can arrange tours of the building or viewings of specific collections.
The Librarians are happy to organise evening visits and educational talks. Please contact the Library for further information.
The home of Guernsey French studies
The island's most comprehensive collection of Guernsey French material, much of it unique, from the earliest dictionaries and poems to the most up-to-date learning materials.
The Library also holds a significant collection of dictionaries and studies of Norman-French patois and other historical French dialects.
Guernsey's rich history in many captivating collections.
The Priaulx Library is committed to collecting, cataloguing and preserving the islands’ history and culture. Our collections include military records, local folklore and rare books.