Local Studies Centres

Local Studies Centres keep resources from the local area including historical newspapers, trade directories, parish records, burial records, census records, voter lists, photographs, and more.

Where are the Local Studies Centres in the borough?

Local Studies resources are held in the following centres:

What is in the Local Studies Collection?

Our Local Studies Collection is made up of local area materials, including:

  • Census records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Parish records
  • Photographs
  • Reference books
  • Trade directories

Most of the items in the Local Studies Collection are listed on our online library catalogue but aren't available to reserve or borrow. You'll need to go to the Local Studies Centre to view the collection in person.

Tracing your family history

You can use Local Studies resources to help trace your family history.

You can also trace your family history by accessing birth, marriage and death certificates, census records, electoral records, war graves, wills and probate records.

Tracing your family history