Local Studies and Family History

Local Studies materials and services reflect the changing scene of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire - their communities, prominent individuals and related subjects, from earliest times to the present day

Most city libraries have a Local Studies collection but the main collection can be found on Floor 1 of Nottingham Central Library.

Accessing resources:

  • Some materials are available for loan, but most of the stock is for use in the library only
  • Much of the collection (including all material for loan) is listed on the Online Catalogue, however a significant proportion of the stock is currently still only recorded in card catalogues on site
  • We have a Local Studies Material online, please download the Discover Nottingham’s History app for iPhone or iPad
  • The larger part of the collection is housed in areas accessible only to staff - requests to view material may be made at the Help Desk on Floor 1 Nottingham Central Library 
  • Because of the nature of some of the materials (e.g. newspaper cuttings, photographs, ephemera), many items are not individually catalogued but are filed according to their subject category

If you have any questions regarding access to materials, contact the Local Studies Library on 0115 915 2873 or email local_studies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Family History drop-in sessions

Nottingham Local Studies Library will be offering a new service - Family History drop-in sessions.

The sessions will run on the first Wednesday of every month, 10am to 12pm, in the Local Studies Library, floor 1, Central Library.                  

Anyone with family history questions is welcome – whether they are just starting or are already doing their research.  Please note that they don’t need to have Nottinghamshire ancestors. 

Any questions please contact Nottingham Local Studies Library on 0115 915 2873 or local_studies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.


What's New?

We are pleased to announce the launch of  our new website Picture Nottingham, www.picturenottingham.co.uk.

 Building on the success of its predecessor, Picture the Past, this new website will host thousands of Nottingham photographs which capture our rich social heritage.  Picture Nottingham will enable you to view thousands of images ranging over 200 years: images include some of the oldest Nottingham photographs from the 1850s, taken by Samuel Bourne, as well as many local pictures, engravings and sketches dating from the 1700s onwards. 

 Nottingham Local Studies Library has a significant photograph and image collection which began in 1918 when an appeal was sent out by the library to the Nottingham public for photographs of the local area.  The response was excellent and many valuable photographs were presented, and so began the collection which now contains tens of thousands of images of local people, places and events.  Happy 100th birthday to the Nottingham photographic collection! 

 We  will continue to collect photographs  so if you have images which you wish to donate to our collection you can do so on Picture Nottingham.  We especially welcome photographs of views of local areas showing buildings, people, customs, activities and industry, both past and present. 

 Picture Nottingham offers you the opportunity to purchase quality prints as well as other merchandise proud overlaid with images from the website.  For more visit the website at www.picturenottingham.co.uk

 Derby and Derbyshire photographs will continue to be hosted on Picture the Past www.picturethepast.org.uk .  You can find Nottinghamshire photographs at www.inspirepicturearchive.org.uk/

Contact Us

Local Studies Library Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham NG1 6HP E-mail: Local_studies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Fax: 0115 9152840 Tel: 0115 915 2873
Tel: 0115 915 2873


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