The books in the Collection are catalogued and can be found via the Library catalogue
A selection of the books from the collection are available for reference use in the Local Studies section of the Central Library in Portsmouth.
No appointment is necessary.
To use this section of the library, you will need to bring one of the following forms of identification:
- Portsmouth City Libraries ticket
- CARN Record Office card
- Driving licence
- Current student card, giving your name and name of institution
- Armed forces ID card
- Other proof of name and address, such as a gas bill
Directions and opening times
023 9281 9311
Monday - 9.30am-5pm
Tuesday - 9.30am-6pm
Wednesday - 9.30am-6pm
Thursday - 9.30am-6pm
Friday - 9.30am-5pm
Saturday - 10am-3.30pm
Sunday - Closed
Directions by rail
The Collection is easy to reach by train from Portsmouth & Southsea Station.
Exit the station building to the left, through the taxi rank and across the road to Guildhall Square - the library is at the far left, past the Civic Offices
Directions by bus
Portsmouth Central Library is easily accessible by a number of public bus routes.
Use My Journey Portsmouth to plan your visit to Portsmouth Central Library by public transport.
Directions by car
Multimap provides the location of the library and allows drivers to create directions.
Explore the collection
The Adventures of the Speckled Band a play in 2 acts featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle with his wife, Jean, George Vale Owen, Mr Ticknor and other...