Bringing Guernsey history to life
Visitors are welcome. Step back in time and discover Guernsey's fascinating past, preserved for the future.
Guernsey's local history centre
Got a Guernsey ancestor? Find out all about them and how they lived. The Priaulx Library houses records dating back to the 15th century.
Guernsey Photographic Archive
As well as a wealth of books and documents, we hold a unique collection of many thousands of local images. We assert our copyright in these images, but copies of the images may be purchased for private and commercial use. Just ask us!
The Priaulx Library is the central repository for material in Guernsey French, which can be viewed without appointment.
Exceptional closure January 2021
Guernsey is now in lockdown and the Priaulx Library is totally closed. We hope that you continue to enjoy your books at home. There are no overdue charges and we look forward to welcoming books (and readers) back when the lockdown is lifted.
The Digital Priaulx
The Priaulx Library has begun a major programme of digitisation of its collection, in order to preserve the material and to make it more easily accessible. The fast-growing database of images, newspapers and documents is searchable by visitors to the Library.
The Priaulx Library is a unique visitor centre, entry to which is free. Our varied collections include the Guernsey Photographic Archive, the finest collection of local newspapers in the Channel Islands, and rare books and documents on Guernsey's language, culture, and literature.
Guernsey's local and family history research centre
CLOSED TO VISITORS.
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.
Our special collections: 'a real gold mine of knowledge'
The Priaulx Library is committed to collecting, cataloguing and preserving the islands’ history and culture. Our 'gold mine' includes military records, local folklore and rare books in English and French.
Please note: Any book with a Priaulx Library label or stamp or a personal bookplate of Osmond Priaulx but without a withdrawal stamp may have been removed illegally from the Library's collection. We politely request that anyone with knowledge of such a book contact us immediately.
Exceptionally, we will be closing to the public from 11 January until 8 February 2021, as part of the ongoing reorganisation of our Guernsey historical special collections and archives.