SFHG Library at The Keep

The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP

opening times

We have been advised that The Keep will be closed mid-November to mid-December, so it has been decided that the SFHG Library, the Philip Lucas room, will not now reopen to visitors until Tuesday 4th January 2022. 

Watch this space for full details of days and times towards the end of the year.

sfhg contact

This is a **members only** service, please ensure you are logged in as an active member, if not please renew your membership.

About the library

There are many databases relating to Sussex Family History, an extensive Library of books about Sussex and general research and the room is staffed by volunteers who can assist you with your Family History queries and breaking down brick walls.

If you are not a member of the Group and would like to join, please peruse our membership options and join today!


Parking is available at The Keep at a cost of £4.00 (Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday) and £2.00 (Thursday or Saturday) per visit.

Saturday Opening

The SFHG Library is not normally open on Saturdays, although on some occasions we do try to do so. It is best to keep an eye on our Facebook page for latest opening days, or you can contact Steve Selby to arrange a visit.

The Keep itself is open every Saturday.

Do I need to book?

No. We have 8 desks in our library (including 2 with disabled access) and a multi function machine for microfiche and film - so there should be space for everyone however if you are travelling far it would be worth emailing in advance and we can reserve a table for you.

What do I need to bring?

Your membership number (if you are a member, but non-members are also welcome), pencil, notebook and some details about the people you are searching for - names, dates and places of birth etc. Any other information about ancestors which will help with your research.

The Keep has lockers for coats, bags and any material which cannot be brought into the library.

What if I have no known Sussex ancestors?

Although most of our material is Sussex based our volunteers are able to offer you support with research worldwide via online databases. We have a limited collection of books covering the counties around Sussex as well as books on basic and more advanced genealogical research.

Please note:

  • The items contained in the Library are available for you to study on the premises.
  • Items may not be borrowed. Please return books to the same place on the shelf when you have finished with them.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Library Contacts

This is a **members only** service, please ensure you are logged in as an active member, if not please renew your membership.

Due to Covid-19 the library is currently closed to visitors

The Keep
Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP


Jean Spilsted
10 Fairford Close, Haywards Heath
West Sussex, RH16 3EF

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