This is the space where you can research your family history, find out about the history of your house, street or town and consult our reference collection for answers that can’t always be found on the internet. This is also a great place to study as each desk is equipped with its own light and power socket adding to the calm and studious atmosphere. If you have a local studies enquiry please email email@example.com, ask at the desk or ring 01383 602365. If you have time to spare come and have a browse through our extensive photo collection, local maps or local studies books . Ancestry institution.co.uk is freely available on every public PC, we have a full range of historic local newspapers on microfilm and our staff are very knowledgeable about useful websites, online sources and how to do local research.
*No food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the room and if you are using any of our resources we ask that you use a pencil.
Please use this form to book your Local Studies visit. You can use the form to let us know in advance if you have a complicated enquiry or you are travelling a long distance.
Use the online booking form and book your visit up to two weeks in advance. If you need to book further ahead please phone the library. After you book your time slot, we will contact you by phone to find out how we can make the most of your visit. If you have any special requirements, please let us know in advance.
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When visiting, we ask that you:
Please note, staff will do their best to supply information for drop in visitors but may not be able to access all material on the day.