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Local Studies Library

Bradford Local Studies Library welcomes visitors to use the Local Studies and Archives collections for study and research.

Whilst visitors are welcome at any time during opening hours, researchers are invited to make an appointment in advance of their visit.

To make an appointment, please contact the library by email or telephone to book a session.

Requests for items from the collections required for use on your visit made in advance will enable library staff to have the items ready for your visit.

Please note that we require at least 72 hours’ notice for Archives.

On booking your appointment via telephone or email, our team of library staff will help to search the catalogues to identify appropriate items as required.

Arrangements for disabled visitors

Please let us know when booking if you have any special requirements.

Enquiry service

It’s free to come and use our Local Studies collections but please read about our charges for some services such as research and photocopying.

Contact details

Please contact us via telephone or email:

Bradford Local Studies Library
Margaret McMillan Tower (side entrance)
Princes Way
Bradford BD1 1NN


Telephone: 01274 433688

Opening hours

  • Monday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 7pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 5pm
  • Friday, Closed
  • Saturday, Alternate Saturdays (please see below)
  • Sunday, Closed

Please note: Bradford Local Studies Library opens on alternate Saturdays.

Alternate Saturdays for 2024:

9am to 12 noon & 1pm to 5pm

  • January: Saturday 6 and 20
  • February: Saturday 3 and 17
  • March: Saturday 2, 16 and 30
  • April: Saturday 13 and 27
  • May: Saturday 11 and 25
  • June: Saturday 8 and 22
  • July: Saturday 6 and 20
  • August: Saturday 3, 17 and 31
  • September: Saturday 14th and 28th
  • October: Saturday 12 and 26
  • November: Saturday 9 and 23
  • December: Saturday 7 and 21