Library and Archives

For over a century manuscripts, maps and plans, photographs, prints, film, sound and published works have been actively collected and preserved on behalf of the people of the Isle of Man.

Selection of newspaper covers

These provide a rich resource of information on all aspects of Manx archaeological, cultural and environmental heritage for school projects, academic researchers, family historians, publishers and broadcasters and the general enquirer.

Situated at the Manx Museum, the National Library and Archives is a free facility, and every year many thousands of people make use of it for their research.

On your first visit to the National Library and Archives you will be asked to complete a registration form and provide proof of your identity showing your current address (if you are under 16 we will also need a consent form signed by your parent or guardian).  On receipt of your completed registration form, you will be issued with a Readers’ Card, displaying your name and membership number – please keep this safe and bring your card with you on future visits.  This registration also covers membership of the iMuseum, our new digital research facility.

By registering, you are signing to accept our general terms and conditions including copyright restrictions.

Collection Guides

Manx National Heritage has developed a range of information sheets to help answer frequently asked questions from visitors and researchers. They are available on the right of this page.

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.

Opening Times

From 2 May 2016 we will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays, Bank Holidays and the last week in January).