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.

Interested in visiting us?  Our Library and Archive is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm (closed Sunday to Tuesday).  Please note the Library and Archive is closed between Christmas and New Year reopening Wednesday 3 January 2024.

If you’re a new user, take a moment to download our free guide to becoming a new Library & Archive user from our Collections Guides below and watch our Library & Archives Reading Room Handling Guidelines video.

Annual Closure Week: The annual closure of the Library & Archive Reading Room at the Manx Museum will take place from 27 January to 1 February 2025 inclusive. During this period the search facilities in the Reading Room will be closed to the public.

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

Our resources are produced for viewing and research in our Reading Room at the Manx Museum. A limited copying service is available, subject to the condition of original materials, copyright restrictions and staff availability. Reasonable amounts will be copied by staff; the use of an independent researcher is an alternative way to obtain copies (see Research Contacts above). Photographing resources for personal research purposes is allowed.

Acknowledgements, References and Copyright


Due to the volume of enquiries we receive and our limited staff numbers, we are unable to offer a research service to enquirers. Please open our ‘Research Contacts’ factsheet for a list of heritage organisations and independent researchers who may be able to assist. Research fees are paid directly to your appointed researcher.

Research Contacts

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

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