Local Studies Library

digital microfilm readersThe Local Studies Library is an open access area where you can carry out research regarding the City of Hull and the local area, as well as your family history.

At the Enquiry Desk you will be greeted by a member of staff who will try to assist you, so please bring with you as much information as possible regarding your research queries.

The Library houses a vast array of Local Studies materials available for you to use. For example, in the Local Studies Library you can:

  • Browse and borrow items from a large selection of over 5000 books relating to Hull and the local area. You can also borrow books from our special collections which relate to slavery, whaling, Andrew Marvell, Winifred Holtby and Philip Larkin. You will need a Hull Library ticket to borrow items from the library, so if you don’t already have one please bring some proof of name and address (e.g. a current Council Tax or utility bill or a driving licence).
  • Use the online catalogue to discover items in our collections. Please be aware that although we are constantly adding to the online catalogue not all of our collections are currently online so it is always useful to search the card indexes as well.
  • Search the card indexes held in the Library to find references to a wide variety of materials held at the History Centre, including reference materials that can be viewed in the Searchroom, newspaper articles, and maps.
  • Use our ICT facilities to access popular family history websites like Ancestry and Find My Past for free!
  • Use our new microfilm and microfiche readers to access a variety of materials, including Local NewspapersBurial Registers for the Hull Municipal Cemeteries, Electoral Registers and Census returns - see our microfilm and microfiche collections for full details. If you wish to reserve a machine for your visit please call us on 01482 317500.
  • Search maps of Hull and the surrounding area. See how Hull has developed over the years or where one of your ancestors used to live.
  • Watch DVDs and videos relating to Hull and the local area on our large screen TV. Wireless headphones can be borrowed from the Enquiry Desk with a deposit of £10.00. Simply select the DVD or video you would like to watch and ask a member of staff.

If you are unable to visit us in person we offer an enquiry service, in which we can search our local studies materials on your behalf.