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Local and Family History

The Local Studies service offers family and local history resources for the Bradford Metropolitan District and the West Yorkshire region. We have a wide range of material including books and maps, plus free access to several genealogy and historical newspaper websites.

The two main Local Studies libraries in the district are in the Bradford city centre library and Keighley Library, but many of the branches can also provide local knowledge and help with finding family history information on the Internet. Friendly and supportive members of staff are available to answer your questions – just ask!

Local Studies Websites

Available in the library only:

  • Ancestry
  • British Newspaper Archive
  • FindmyPast
  • Origins

Remote Access with your library card:

Nineteenth Century Newspapers

Dictionary National BiographyWho was born in Bradford?
Find out with Oxford DNB

Bradford Local Studies

Bradford's new Local Studies Library is now open in the old Central Library building. The space also includes West Yorkshire Archive Service.

Bradford's new Local Studies floor area is designed to be bigger and better than before. It will offer over 6,000 lending books on public access movable shelving which can be moved to create temporary meeting/lecture space for local groups within the library.

There are 17 public PCs which can be used by customers and to deliver learning events in house or with external education providers.

Over 2000 bound volumes of original local newspapers from across the district will be kept in the new Local Studies archive store. Public access to historical local newspapers will be on filmed reels, with some titles available digitally.

Visitors also have use of a Digital film/ fiche scanner and a digital book scanner.

Opening hours

Monday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Local Studies Library
Old Central Library
Princes' Way


01274 433688


Keighley Local Studies


01535 618215



Keighley Library
North Street
BD21 3SX

Opening hours

Monday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Keighley Local Studies Library have now started to produce a newsletter. Please use the link below to access the latest version.

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