Where to find VCH Volumes

Where to Buy

The publisher of new VCH volumes and distributor of our back stock is Boydell & Brewer. You can visit their website and buy volumes online by clicking here. If you don't know which volume you are interested in, or want details on whether volumes are in print, you can visit our Red Book Series page where you will find details of all of the volumes published by the VCH beginning with the most recent title, which, when you find the volume for you, will link you directly to a page on the Boydell & Brewer website where you can purchase the book. Additionally each county site includes details of the volumes published in that county set. For our users in the United States: Boydell & Brewer have a North American division which can be contacted using the email address boydell@boydellusa.net.

VCH Volumes Online

A large number of the VCH volumes have been digitised and can be consulted in full and free of charge at British History Online. Simply navigate to the Local History section of the site to access a list of available VCH volumes, or alternatively perform a free text search for the area or place of interest to you.

Out of print volumes and where to find them


If you can visit London or are based here, there is a complete set of VCH volumes with corrigenda at the Insitute of Historical Research Library in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Visit www.history.ac.uk to learn more about the IHR library which does have conditions of membership and is not open to the general public.

There are copies of volumes in the British Museum's reading room and also in the British Library.

Westminster Reference Library  - catalogue is available at https://trib.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/wcc/

Around the country:

Bedfordshire: Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford, MK40 1PG. Tel: 01234 350931 / Fax: 01234 342163

Berkshire: Local Studies, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BQ. Tel: 0118 901 5965 / Fax: 0118 901 5959 

Buckinghamshire: Milton Keynes Local Studies and Family History Library, Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HL. Tel: 01908 254160 Milton Keynes Local Studies and Family History Library is situated on the ground floor of Milton Keynes Central Library.

Cambridgeshire: Cambridgeshire central library, 7 Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD. Tel: 0845 045 5225

Cornwall: VCH Cornwall Vol 1 is held in the reference section of the Cornish Studies Collection at Truro Library, Union Place, Truro, TR1 1EP. Tel: 01872 279 205

Derbyshire: A number of Derbyshire libraries have copies for reference and loan. Some of these copies can be seen and reserved online using Derbyshire's online catalogue and others are kept in reserve store at Local Studies and are available on request. 

Durham: Durham Clayport Library, Millennium Place, Durham City, DH1 1WA, Tel: 0191 386 4003 / Fax: 0191 386 0379

Essex: Search Essex Libraries catalogue online.

Gloucestershire: Search the catalogue online.

Hampshire: Visit Hampshire council website for a list of local studies libraries.

Hertfordshire: Hertfordshire County Council website gives information on libraries in various districts of Hertfordshire.

Leicestershire: Melton Mowbray Library, Wilton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0UJ. Tel: 01664 560161 / Fax: 01664 410199


Central Lending Library, Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6QL. Tel: 0116 299 5402 / Fax: 0116 299 5434

Middlesex: See London, above, or consult the Middlesex volumes within the IHR's collection at the Institute of Historical Research Library.

Northamptonshire: Northamptonshire Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton,NN1 2BA. Tel: 01604 462040 / Fax: 01604 462055

Oxfordshire: Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, Central Library, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ. Tel: 01865 815749. The main Central Library (in the same building) also has copies, including some for other counties.

Rutland: Oakham Library, Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW. Tel: 01572 722918 / Fax 01572 724906

Shropshire: Shropshire County Council, Market Drayton Library, The Clive Library, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 1PH. Tel:01630 652105 / Fax: 01630 657688


Shropshire County Council, Ludlow Library, 7/9 Parkway, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2PG. Tel: 01584 813600 / Fax: 01584 813601

Somerset: Search for VCH volumes in the Somerset area and beyond online.

Staffordshire: You can access Staffordshire County Council's Library catalogue pages online.

Surrey: Surrey County Council's library catalogue is online.

Warwickshire: WILD (Warwickshire Interactive Library Database) can be searched online.

Wiltshire: Wiltshire Local Studies Library holds copies of all the VCH Wiltshire volumes and of volumes for some other counties. Wiltshire's library catalogues can be searched online.

Worcestershire: The public access library catalogueis available online.