How to access our services

The Local Studies service offers Local and Family History resources for the Bradford Metropolitan District and the West Yorkshire region.

The two specialist Local Studies libraries in the district are in Bradford and Keighley, and libraries across the district can also provide local information and help with accessing online sources.

The Local Studies centres at Bradford and Keighley welcome visitors to use the collections for study and research.

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

We are now open as normal to the general public, although you are advised to phone up and check opening hours as these can be affected by circumstances beyond our control.

Researchers can still 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 if you have any special requirements.

Enquiry service

It’s free to make an appointment 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

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Keighley Local Studies Library

North Street
BD21 3SX


Telephone: 01535 618215

Opening hours

Please visit website