Local history books and collections in libraries

All our libraries have resources covering their local area and the county of East Sussex. They cover current and historical material including books, newspapers, leaflets and more.

Books and magazines

Discover your local area and how to carry out research with our recommended reads. See further down this page for books about Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Bexhill. For more books, search our E-library online catalogue.

Magazines are a useful source for local information and history – see our Periodicals list.

Special collections on Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Bexhill

Below is a summary of the special resources in our largest local studies collections – for full details, download our Guide to local studies resources in libraries.

St Leonards Pier - small

Hastings Library

Largest local studies collection in East Sussex with material covering the entire county as well as West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Kent.

Topics covered in detail include Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill, Rye and Battle.

Recommended books about Hastings include:

Eastbourne grand parade

Eastbourne Library

Special collection covers the history of Eastbourne and the surrounding area, as well as the development of East Sussex in general.

Recommended books about Eastbourne include:

Lewes high street

Lewes Library

Books and pamphlets mainly about East Sussex and also some information about West Sussex.

Topics covered in detail include Bonfire, George Baxter, Thomas Paine, Daisy Ashford, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury.

Recommended books about Lewes include:

Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill Library

Large collection of material about the history of Bexhill-on-Sea and the surrounding district of Rother, as well as the development of East Sussex in general.

Topics covered in detail include De La Warr pavilion and family, land development, coastal erosion and villages of Little Common and Sidley.

Recommended books about Bexhill include: