Local Studies Library
The 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
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
Newspapers, Burial Registers for the Hull Municipal
Cemeteries, Electoral Registers and Census returns - see our
microfiche collections for full details. If you wish to
reserve a machine for your visit please call us on
- Search maps of Hull and the surrounding area. See how Hull has
developed over the years or where one of your ancestors used to
- 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
in which we can search our local studies materials on your