Research Libraries and Archives

The Local Studies collection at Chichester library is countywide in scope and the 8000 items include books, street directories, maps, newspapers, newspaper cuttings, ephemera and periodicals. There are books covering most towns and villages in West Sussex as well as specific topics. Maps include large-scale 25inch sheets from the 1860s to the present day covering the Chichester district as well as county maps from 1575 to the 20th century. A collection of original or microfiche street directories cover Chichester, Bognor and surrounding areas and countywide Sussex directories from 1828 to 1938.

Local newspapers are available on microfilm or digitally.  Among the titles are the oldest county newspaper, the Sussex Weekly Advertiser from 1747, Sussex Agricultural Express from 1837 and West Sussex Gazette from 1860 as well as various Chichester and Bognor titles from 1860 to date.  Public access computers have searchable high resolution pdf newspapers covering all parts of West Sussex for the periods 1914-25 and 1939-45.  Ephemera and newspaper cuttings files cover topics and places across the county.  Sussex periodicals include Sussex Archaeological Collections, Sussex County Magazine and Sussex Record Society volumes and local titles such as Chichester History.

Chichester library has free internet access available via wifi or public access computers, the latter having Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.  There are also free scanning facilities plus study space.

Find out more:

Further details at www.westsussex.gov.uk and search for History and Heritage. A great deal of free online resources at: www.westsussexpast.org.uk. Hours: by appointment.