Library and Archives

Every year thousands of people make use of our free research facility based at the Manx Museum where we assist the general enquirer, family historian, students, publishers, broadcasters and many more.

Manx history, culture, language, folklore, archaeology and landholding are some of the subjects that can be investigated using our printed and archival collections. As well as assorted books, pamphlets and Manx newspapers, we hold historical records of the Isle of Man government and past rulers of the Island (the Earls of Derby and Dukes of Atholl); we also retain archives of certain Manx businesses, churches, societies and families or individuals.

Many different facets of the Island and its people are represented within our multi-media resources. If you hold content that you think might be of interest to us, you are welcome to get in touch and let us know more.

Open All Year Round*
Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 5

*Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Bank Holidays, between Christmas and New Year and during the last week in January.

Collection Guides

Manx National Heritage has developed a range of information sheets to help answer frequently asked questions from visitors and researchers.

Copying and loans

The Library & Archive collections are provided for consultation only in the Manx Museum Reading Room. We do not make any items available for loan either on the Isle of Man or through the UK Inter Library Loans system. A copying service is available, subject to the condition of original materials and copyright restrictions. Requests for copies from outside the Isle of Man may be supplied as photocopies by post or by e-mail of scanned images.


Due to the volume of enquiries received and limited staff and resources we are unable to offer a research service to enquirers, and we recommend off Island researchers arrange for a local agent to work on their behalf.   The library can help by providing lists of genealogists and land record researchers including the Isle of Man Family History Society.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1624 648 047
Address: Kingswood Grove, Douglas, IM1 3LY, Isle of Man

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