Our specialist library of Sussex archaeology and history is situated on the top floor of the Barbican House Museum next to Lewes Castle.

Library catalogue listing all the resources we hold.

Resources including the current library and collections guides, back copies of Sussex Past and Present, the Sharpe Collection, Saunders Churches and other online resources.

Online access is available within Barbican House Library to some of the journals to which the library subscribes.

CLOSED due to Covid 19

Opening times for members: Tuesday to Saturday 10-4.30pm, Sundays & Mondays (except January) 11-4.30pm

Opening times for non-members: Monday to Friday by appointment. Please phone 01273 405738 or email us at

Practicalities: The library is on the second floor of Barbican House. Access is via the stairs only, but there are ground floor facilities available with advance notice. Visitors must make themselves known and sign in at the museum reception desk.

Honorary Librarian Esme Evans and our helpful voluntary staff are on hand to assist you in making the most of your visit. A copy of our latest library and collections guides can be downloaded via the resources link above.

To pay for photocopies and/or postage, or to make a donation towards the Library, please go to our donations page.