Local studies in libraries

How our libraries can help with your local and family history research.

All of our 36 libraries have a local studies collection of lending and reference material exploring the changing history, scenery and communities of West Sussex from the earliest period of history to the present day.

Local studies covers:

  • general history
  • house history
  • natural history
  • family history
  • geography
  • industry
  • transport
  • health
  • social life
  • education
  • sport and leisure
  • population
  • religion and economics of your local area.

For more information about your West Sussex town or village and the resources available including maps, photographs and newspapers, plus links to local organisations and places of interest, please see our Towns and villages guides.

Visit our West Sussex Past Portal to explore West Sussex topics including:

  • The Great War 1914-1918
  • Wartime West Sussex 1939-1945
  • Victorian West Sussex
  • Military Voices
  • West Sussex seaside holidays in the past.

For more information or local studies questions, our team of professional librarians are here to help, just fill in our Ask a Librarian form.

You can also explore a range of resources about West Sussex history available through our colleagues at West Sussex Record Office.

Download our catalogue to buy local studies books, DVDs and more.

Local publications for sale (PDF, 3MB)
Last updated:
7 June 2022
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