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We have maps of the county spanning 500 years, the first book printed in Norwich (in 1568), and the Norwich Apocalypse - a unique medieval manuscript dating from the 13th century.

We also have a wide selection of books on family and local history you can borrow.

Special collections

Our special collections include the Norwich City Library (established in 1608) and the personal library of Jeremiah James Colman, of Colman's mustard.

Unlocking the Archive is a partnership project with the University of East Anglia (UEA) to raise awareness of our collections of Renaissance books and to make them accessible to the public. View interactive digital versions of key books.

We also house the Norfolk LGBTQ+ collection, which includes ephemera (leaflets, posters, flyers), maps, magazines, books, badges, photographs, zines, and many other items telling local LGBTQ+ stories. The collection is available for public access.

Our partner project, Queer Norfolk, is working to digitise this collection and make it available online.


We hold over 175,000 photos showing life in Norfolk from the Victorian era to modern times. You can view many of these on Picture Norfolk.