Boundless Curiosity


04/11/2022 - 21/01/2023

In 2022 we're celebrating the Library's 140th anniversary.

BOUNDLESS CURIOSITY brings to life the remarkable story of our origins. Thomas Guille and Frederick Allès were childhood friends who left the island as teenagers in the 1830s to seek their fortune in New York. Amazed by the libraries they found there, they shared a lifelong dream to one day return home and start one of their own.

Explore this incredible story and see some of the treasures in our collection that aren't normally on public display - including The Birds of America, one of the rarest and most beautiful books in the world.

Presented in partnership with BDO Guernsey. For opening times and accessibility information, click here.

Boundless Curiosity Video

Find out more about this landmark exhibition and the story behind The Birds of America.

Voices From History

"Never shall I forget the emotion of wonder and delight which seized me when, for the first time, I entered the library."

Hear Thomas Guille's words come to life in this extract from his diary, performed by Guernsey History in Action. 

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