2014 – 2018 First World War Commemoration

Hampshire Libraries are supporting the commemorative events marking the anniversary of the First World War.

Hampshire Trench”.  Pte Rose, RSM Palmer, Killed 1915, 2nd Lt G R D Moor VC, MC and Bar, died of 'Spanish' Flu, March 1918

2Lt H G Wiggins, Pte Rose, RSM Palmer of The Hampshire Regiment.

As of 2013 Hampshire Libraries stock over two thousand titles relating to the First World War, and we will be enlarging our collections as new titles are published.

All of our libraries and Discovery Centres stock books relating to the war. Books about the battles and the conduct of the war, the Home Front and the participation of women and families, the war on land, at sea, and in the air. Fiction and non-Fiction, books for children as well as adults.

In addition to books we also stock  DVDs of film and television drama and documentaries.

Many of our libraries and Discovery Centres will be hosting activities and exhibitions related to the First World War commemorations.

  • Check What's on to find upcoming events in our libraries and Discovery Centres.

While our libraries and Discovery Centres stock the latest books, we also have special collections with exceptional resources, each with a wide range of books for reference and for loan:

Check our catalogue to see what we have and what is coming. You can also request any book or DVD that we do not have in stock and we will try to obtain it for you.


We have many electronic resources available in libraries, many of which can also be accessed at home. From the libraries website, you can search many eResources with information about World War One. For example, for contemporary newspapers, there is The Times Digital Archive and the British Newspaper Archive.

For biographical information there is The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who was Who?.

For genealogists there is Ancestry, Find My Past & the Genealogist.

There are encyclopaedias such as Oxford Reference and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. We have access to three versions of Britannica; adult, student, and junior.

Our Ebrary eBooks links to several hundred e books about World War One.

There are other websites that list events and provide information: